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 someone’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.