This digital resource aims to help educate our community on what Coercive Control is, who is at risk, and why it is important to take action if you think you may be using Coercive Control in your relationships, or your are experiencing controlling tactics.
The following is a quick guide for our community to raise awareness and understanding of Coercive Control.
Coercive control is a form of domestic abuse in which an individual utilises repetitive hurtful, intimidating, or isolating tactics to dominate another person. This type of behaviour can cause significant harm, making it vital to recognise the warning signs.
Coercive Control includes physical and non-physical behaviours or tactics, many of which can seem minor on their own, but when repeated can cause significant harm.
Everyone's experience of Coercive Control is different, but there are common patterns, behaviours and tactics to look out for.
All types of relationships can experience Coercive Control.
Coercive Control is never accidental, it is the deliberate implementation of behaviours and tactics to manipulate another person.
Help is available. Whether you think that Coercive Control may be occurring in your relationship or someone else's, there are a number of ways you can seek assistance.
There are a variety of tactics and behaviours used in Coercive Control.
Some people use just one tactic or behaviour, others use a combination. Regardless of whether someone is using one tactic or behaviour, or they are using many, the use of any of these to control or manipulate another person constitutes Coercive Control.
Financial Control is controlling or limiting another person's access to money, or their ability to make or earn money, or building up debts via loans and credit cards in their name.
Financial control can be a form of abuse and may include a range of tactics such as:
Social Control refers to the practice of separating a person from their social support system, such as friends, family, and community, thereby limiting their ability to build relationships. The following are examples of social control:
Technology Facilitated Control
Technology Facilitated Control is harassment, stalking, and monitoring refer to the act of tracking a person's movements, activities, or communications through various means, including technology.
This can include:
Sexual control is any form of sexual activity that is forced, coerced, or performed without consent. This may involve pressuring, tricking, or threatening someone into participating in sexual acts that they are not comfortable with.
Here are some examples:
Violence and intimidation are used to hurt, control, or intimidate someone, inducing fear. This behavior can manifest in various ways, such as:
Cultural or Spiritual Control
Cultural or Spiritual Control entails preventing individuals from forming or maintaining connections with their cultural, spiritual, or communal roots. This form of abuse may involve:
Emotional or Psychological Control:
Emotional or psychological control is the intentional harm of an individual's mental health and emotional wellbeing. Often these tactics or behaviours include actions that could take away someone's self-respect and dignity, or cause them to feel ashamed.
Examples of emotional and psychological control include:
Other Mechanisms of Control
Reproductive Control, Child Abuse, Animal Abuse and Systems Abuse can also be forms of behavour or tactics used to manuiplate or control a person.
Coercive control can happen to anyone and in any type of relationship. Nevertheless, individuals from different backgrounds may experience it differently. Controllers may take advantage of those who already face discrimination and inequality to exert their power. Additionally, these victims of Coercive Control may encounter obstacles in receiving adequate support. Although some groups are more susceptible to coercive control, it's crucial to remember that the victim-survivor is never to blame.
The following is a list of the groups in our community that are more likely to be subjected to Coercive Controlling Behaviours and tactics by a controller:
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