Coercive behaviour

Advice for understanding coercive behaviour

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From 29 December 2015, coercion and control in a relationship became a criminal offence, carrying a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Coercive control describes a range or pattern of behaviours that enable a perpetrator to maintain or regain control of a partner, ex-partner or family member.

Examples of coercive control 

  • Isolating you from your friends and family
  • Controlling how much money you have and how you spend it
  • Monitoring your activities and your movements
  • Repeatedly putting you down, calling you names or telling you that you       are worthless
  • Threatening to harm or kill you or your child
  • Threatening to publish information about you or to report you to the police   or the authorities
  • Damaging your property or household goods
  • Forcing you to take part in criminal activity or child abuse

Your abuser will be guilty of the offence of coercive control if

  1. They are personally connected to you
  2. Their behaviour has had a serious effect on you
  3. Your abuser knew or ought to have known that their behaviour would have a serious effect on you.

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More services

Humberside Policy Non-emergency – 101

North East Lincolnshire Women’s Aid  – 01472 575757

National Domestic Violent Helping – 0808 2000 247

The Samaritans  – Freephone 116 123 or Local 01472 353111

Police Domestic Violence Officer (9am – 5pm) – 01472 721224 / 721227

Housing advice – 01472 326296 option 1

NELC Children’s Integrated Front Door  – 01472 326292 option 2

Victim Support – 01472 250251 or 356549

Citizens Advice Bureau – 0344 411 1444

National Centre for Domestic Violence – 0800 970 2070

Respect  – 08088024040

Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 0327

Home Office (2015) Statutory guidance framework: controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship

Rights of Women (2016) Coercive control and the law

SafeLives (2014) An introduction to coercive control