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What Is Coercive Control?

Author: Olivia Dodd
Date: Jun 14 2024

Not all domestic violence is physical, coercive control isn’t physical, but is subtle and equally harmful. This form of domestic abuse is intended to make women dependent upon their partner by controlling their everyday behaviors, isolating them from friends and family, and robbing them of their independence.


Is this happening to me?

Some common examples of coercive behavior are:

  • Isolating you from friends and family
  • Depriving you of basic needs like food
  • Controlling aspects of your everyday life like where you can go, who you can see, what you can wear, and when you can sleep
  • Humiliating, degrading, or dehumanizing you
  • Controlling your finances
  • Making threats or intimidating you
  • Dictating your sexual relationship


How do I escape?


Undoubtedly, coercive control entraps you in a dangerous situation. You never deserve to be abused or controlled in any form or fashion, no matter your history with the abuser. Escaping an abusive relationship can be complex and scary, but with some preparation, you can make a safe and successful exit. Below are some tips:


  • Keep your support system close
  • Give the national Domestic Violence Hotline a call
  • Have a plan that outlines where to go and who to stay with


If you're considering divorce, protection order, or other family law matter and need guidance or legal support, give us a call at 904-900-2419 or schedule a call here. Our team of experienced attorneys are dedicated to advocating for women's rights and best interests. Take the first step towards a brighter future for you and your family today.

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