Controlling and Coercive behaviour
What is Controlling or Coercive Behaviour?
Controlling and coercive behaviour is at the heart of domestic abuse. It is a deliberate and calculated pattern of behaviour and psychological abuse designed to isolate, manipulate and terrorise a victim into complete, fearful obedience.
The Government definition of coercive behaviour is:
Coercive behaviour is 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
Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, whilst depriving them of the resources (such as money) needed for independence.
For more information, download this Factsheet
If you report a crime to Staffordshire Police, they will ask you if you are happy for your details to be passed on to the Staffordshire Victim Gateway and Restorative Justice Service. We will automatically receive your contact information and a brief overview of your experience and the crime, if you don’t specify to Staffordshire Police that you don’t want us to make contact with you. If you initially opted out of the service, you can self-refer at any time.
We can provide you with advice, information & emotional and practical support. We can liaise and advocate on your behalf, and introduce and support you to specialist services, who can help you gain the relevant support that can help in your recovery. We will be with you every step of the way. Our support is free and confidential, regardless of whether you have reported a crime or incident to the police, we are here to support you.
Please call us on the number below. You can also email us or click the ‘Contact Us’ button to self-refer:
Crime Prevention Information
Additionally, it may also be useful for you to have advice on crime prevention that may help you to protect yourself in the future. You can find lots of useful information on local crime prevention by clicking here: https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/crimeprevention
Staffordshire Womans Aid
Staffordshire Women’s Aid is a specialist service who have been providing Domestic and Sexual Violence Services since 1976.
Glow is the catalyst for change in Staffordshire. They are working to systematically impact the way the region and sector addresses abusive relationships.
Is it an emergency?
If you are in immediate danger and support is needed right away, call Staffordshire Police on 999. If you feel it is a non-emergency, you can log incidents that have happened by calling Staffordshire Police on 101. if you have a hearing impairment, you can use their textphone service on 18001 101
Visit the Home Office Website to download this file as a PDF
7 in 10 people who use our Victim Gateway service are happy with the outcome.