Coercive Control

Coercive control serves as the context within which domestic violence occurs. It is a term used to describe an ongoing pattern of behavior used by one person to harm, punish, frighten, or threaten another person. It was criminalized in the UK in December 2015.

California Passes Coercive Control Bill

On September 29, 2020, California became the second state in the USA to adopt coercive control legislation. State Senator Susan Rubio‘s Coercive Control Bill was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. “I thank Governor Newsom for signing this bill. My hope is that it empowers victims to come forward, and it becomes something that our society understands and recognizes as domestic violence,” said…

The Use of Isolation in Coercive Control

Coercive Control By Jul 03, 2020

I guarantee there is an entire generation that will instantly relate the word isolation to the 2020 COVID-19 crisis. I do not. I will not. Every time I hear that word, my past haunts me.  Images flash in my mind.  But they are not of the present social distancing, wearing a mask, quarantine, and antibody testing. The images brought to my mind…

The Coercive Control of Children with Dr. Evan Stark

CHILDREN CAN BE TARGETS for coercive control in dysfunctional families, according to Dr. Evan Stark, author of the book Coercive Control: How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life. Research studies show that the coercive control of children occurs in 45% of families where domestic violence is practiced. It is used as part of an abusive partner’s wider campaign of intimate partner…

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