Would you recognise the signs of relationship abuse?


The Partnership is supporting the Thames Valley OPPC in their Know this isn’t Love’ campaign which is raising awareness of  coercive control within relationships.   Find out more about coercive control here.

Many people associate domestic abuse with physical violence, but coercive control  recognises the damaging impact of other forms of abuse in relationships as well. Some examples of this type of abuse include:

Isolation from friends and family
Threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse by a perpetrator that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim
Depriving someone of basic needs, such as food
Monitoring their time and activities
Taking control over aspects of their everyday life – where they can go, who they can see, what they can wear and when they can sleep
Repeatedly putting them down, such as saying ‘you’re worthless’
Humiliating, degrading or dehumanising someone
Controlling their finances
Making threats or intimidating

If you would like to learn more you can also visit the Partnership’s archive and read some interesting presentations and materials from the 2017 ‘Beyond Physical’ event which explored this topic.    

If you or someone you know is experiencing abusive or controlling behaviour in a relationship, don’t suffer in silence.

Contact Victims First on 0300 1234 148

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