Coercive & controlling behaviour
The examples below are not an exhaustive list, but give some idea of what form controlling and coercive behaviour could take. Abuse that has the effect of:
Making someone dependent on or subordinate to the abuser
Isolating someone from their friends, relatives or other sources of support
Controlling, regulating or monitoring someoneâ€™s day to day activities
Depriving someone of, or restricting their freedom of action e.g. controlling their phone/communication access or access to money
Frightening, humiliating, degrading or punishing someone e.g. abusive name calling, playing mind games that causes someone to doubt their sanity
Here are some real-life scenarios showing what coercive and controlling behaviour can look like. Each example paints just a small part of a much larger picture that the survivors endured.