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What is coercive control?


Coercive control is a pattern of behaviour that is used to dominate and control another person through psychological and emotional abuse. It is a serious form of abuse that can have a devastating impact on the victim's mental health and overall well-being.


Coercive control can take many forms, including:

  1. Isolation: Your partner may try to control who you see and talk to, or may try to limit your access to friends and family.

  2. Monitoring: Your partner may constantly check in on you, monitor your phone or internet usage, or try to control where you go and what you do.

  3. Manipulation: Your partner may try to manipulate you into doing things their way or may try to manipulate your thoughts and feelings.

  4. Threats: Your partner may make threats, either directly or indirectly, to harm themselves or others if you don't do what they want.

  5. Criticism: Your partner may constantly criticize you or try to make you feel inadequate.

  6. Gaslighting: Your partner may try to manipulate your reality by denying things that happened or making you question your own perceptions.

Victims of coercive control may feel trapped and powerless, as the abuser often works to strip away their autonomy and sense of self. They may feel isolated from friends and family, and may not feel comfortable seeking help or support due to the abuser's threats or manipulation.


It's important to recognise that coercive control is a serious form of abuse and should not be tolerated. If you or someone you know is experiencing coercive control, it's important to seek help and support from trusted friends, family, or professionals. There are resources available to help you safely exit the relationship and begin the healing process. If you are in the Perth area or in Western Australia, you can contact us for help finding local services.

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