Controlling And Coercive Behaviour
This form of domestic violence was made specifically illegal in 2018. It recognises that any behaviour causing humiliation or intimidation to the victim, even if no physical violence is involved, is a form of domestic violence and carries up to 5 years in prison.
Coercive control is defined as an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. It creates invisible chains and a sense of fear that pervades all elements of a victim’s life. Often gaslighting is alleged as part of a Controlling and Coercive behaviour. This is defined as a form of psychological abuse where a person or group makes someone question their sanity, perception of reality, or memories. Due to the nature of such allegations, the evidence in the case against you may well only be the alleged victim’s word against you. The trial process can be complex and difficult and we can help go thought all the evidence with you and help you present your side of the story.