Coercive Control is a new offence. Under the Serious Crime Act 2015, the new offence closes the gap in the law around patterns of controlling or coercive behaviours in an ongoing relationship between intimate partners or family members.
Coercive Control is when someone in a relationship is continuously controlling to the person they are in a relationship with. Threats and intimidation are used in order to increase the control over a person, isolate them from their support networks, frighten and control their everyday behaviour.
It is considered to be one of the most dangerous risk factors within domestic abuse.
Coercive control can include:
– Isolating a person from their friends and family
– Taking control over aspects of their everyday life, such as where they go, who they can see, what to wear and when they can sleep
– Enforcing rules and activity which humiliate, degrade or dehumanise
– Financial abuse including control of finances
– Threats of violence, threats to take children away or threats to hurt pets if the person does not do as their partner tell them
– Monitoring a person’s activities, including their communication on the phone or internet
– Repeatedly putting a person down and making them feel worthless
(This list is not exhaustive)
If you are concerned you, or someone you know, is experiencing coercive control, please contact Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) on 0845 602 9035.
In an emergency, please call the police on 999.
On 999 if it is an emergency
Call the police on 101 to report any of this abuse or to seek advice about any of the types of abuse on this website
Call Children’s helpdesk if you have concerns that a person under 18 is being abused 01452 426565
GDASS (Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service)
Call GDASS for help, support, advice or information about domestic abuse or to talk through your situation if you think you might be in an unhealthy relationship
GDASS can also offer advice and support to professionals, friends and family members of victims. 0845 602 9035
Hope House SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre)
Call Hope House SARC if you are a victim of sexual violence for help, support, advice and information.
Monday – Friday on: 01452 754390
Out of hours, please call: 101
GRASAC (Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre)
Call GRASAC for emotional support if you have experienced sexual violence or are a friend/family member of a victim who has. 01452 526770
National Domestic Violence Helpline
Call the 24 hour helpline for advice and support if you think you are suffering domestic abuse 0808 2000 247
National Stalking Helpline
For advice and information if you think you might be being stalked/harrassed. 0808 802 0300