This controlling behaviour is designed to make a person dependent by isolating them from support, exploiting them, depriving them of independence and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive control creates a sense of fear.

Some common examples of coercive behaviour are:

·         Isolating you from friends and family

·         Depriving you of basic needs, such as food

·         Monitoring your time

·         Monitoring you via online communication tools or spyware

·         Taking control over aspects of your everyday life, such as where you can go, who you can see, what you can wear and when you can sleep

·         Depriving you access to support services, such as medical services

·         Repeatedly putting you down, such as saying you’re worthless

·         Humiliating, degrading or dehumanising you

·         Controlling your finances

·         Making threats or intimidating you