What is coercive control?

What is coercive control?

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Coercive control is a type of abuse within relationships. It is a broad term but it means someone who controls you using a range of methods. They may stop you from having access to money, make you report to them by asking where you’ve been, they may demand you do things a certain way, they may constantly say horrible things that make you feel bad about yourself.

This behaviour over time is domestic abuse.
Victims of abuse know that what has been happening to them wasn’t right, but they may not understand that it’s coercive control.

This book for all the women and men who experience the psychological, financial, isolating and monitoring forms of coercive control, so they can understand and begin to take control over their own lives.

This book also outlines the different UK offenses that can accure during dometic abuse. 

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What is Coercive Control?

In 2015 the UK brought in new laws on domestic abuse. This included making the use of Coercive Control to abuse another person a criminal offense.

Evan Stark coined the term Coercive Control to help people understand domestic abuse is more than a “physical violence”. It is a pattern of behaviour which seeks to take away the victim’s liberty or freedom, to strip away their sense of self. It is not just women’s bodily integrity which is violated, but also their human rights.

Coercive control is a type of abuse within relationships. It is a broad term but it means someone who controls you using a range of methods. They may stop you from having access to money, make you report to them by asking where you’ve been, they may demand you do things a certain way, they may constantly say horrible things that make you feel bad about yourself. This behaviour over time is domestic abuse.


Victims of abuse know that what has been happening to them wasn’t right, but they may not understand that it’s coercive control.


This book for all the women and men who experience the psychological, financial, isolating and monitoring forms of coercive control, so they can understand and begin to take control over their own lives. It provides a list of UK offenses that may be taking place during domestic abuse.