Force response to coercive control concerns

29 Dec 2015 14:51 PM

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This is a response in relation to concerns raised over recent social media posts about coercive control.

We have received correspondence from a number of people giving us feedback on the coercive control social media images and, as with all of our campaigns and initiatives, we will consider this and use it to help shape our work going forwards.

Coercive control is a recently recognised form of domestic abuse and is used by perpetrators to control every part of someone’s life, it can be financial control, constant criticism, isolation from family and friends.

The offence isn't limited to just one gender or sexual orientation, anyone can be a victim of coercive control.

Our initial focus, so far, has mainly been on women as the victims of this offence- as in the vast majority of cases where domestic abuse is reported to the police - the victims are women.

That said, we do acknowledge there are male victims out there and would encourage anyone who suffers domestic violence to contact police and seek help and support.