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Controlling Behaviour is Domestic Abuse

Escape the Control is a campaign which draws attention to controlling behaviours in domestic abuse. It helps you spot the signs and how to get help.

Controlling money, always criticising and being purposely isolated from friends and family are just some of the examples of controlling behaviour which can make up domestic abuse. It can happen slowly, building up in a relationship. This controlling behaviours called ‘coercive control’ and it is domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse is a crime.

Coercive control is an act, or a pattern of acts such as threats, humiliation and intimidation that is used to punish or frighten someone. This can include things like controlling where they go and what they do, or exaggerated expressions of love such as they ‘can’t live without you’.

In 2015, coercive control became a part of the law on domestic abuse in England and Wales, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine.

Domestic abuse is still a hidden issue. The Escape the Control campaign aims to help you understand how extreme controlling behaviour is domestic abuse, the signs to look out for and what you can do if you’re concerned for yourself or about friends or family.

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