Coercive Control

Pauline Bird

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 describes the wide range of controlling acts including manipulation, intimidation, sexual coercion, gaslighting (a form of psychological abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting their own memory, perception, and sanity).

“Not only is coercive control the most common context in which women are abused, it is also the most dangerous” – Stark 2007

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