The recent Coronation Street storyline in relation to domestic abuse has raised awareness for types of abuse not widely recognised by most people. The majority of people will recognise physical abuse as a form of domestic violence. However, Coronation Street are now raising awareness for Coercive Control. This form of abuse is more mental than physical and does not leave physical injuries. This includes, separating the victim from friends and family, making them feel insecure, humiliation amongst other things.
Coercive control is a criminal offence and is defined as a pattern of acts of assaults, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim. As well as being a criminal offence there are non-criminal ways in which to prevent this happening to you.
Despite the current restrictions in relation to Covid-19, the Family Courts are still open and are having hearings where necessary. If you are a being subjected to coercive control, you may be able to obtain a non-molestation order, amongst other orders to keep you safe. The Courts are hearing these remotely and continue to be able to make the orders.
Should you feel that you are victim of coercive control or any form of domestic abuse, we are able to help. Please contact one of our family team to discuss your options.