What is domestic abuse?
A woman is killed through domestic abuse every three days.
Coercive behaviour can take many forms, which includes, but is not limited to: manipulation, stalking, ignoring you, extreme jealousy, monitoring or restricting you, the controlling of resources, isolating you and unreasonable demands. It can be defined as ‘an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim’. It can also include ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage – though those affected are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make another person subordinate and/or dependent, by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape, and regulating their everyday behaviour.