Crime Types 


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, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour

 The Home Office has produced a document which provides information on: 

  • identifying domestic violence, domestic abuse and controlling or coercive behaviour
  • circumstances in which the new offence might apply
  • the types of evidence for the offence
  • the defence

For information, follow this link from Staffordshire police: 

 Visit the Home Office Website to download the file as a PDF:

Crime Prevention Information

It may be useful to you to have some advice on crime prevention to see what you can do to protect yourself in the future. You can find lots of useful information on local crime prevention by clicking here:

For more help and support on any of the above, please contact Staffordshire Victim Gateway.


Crime Prevention

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