What is coercive control?

Coercive control is a term developed by Evan Stark to help us understand domestic abuse as more than a "fight". It is a pattern of behaviour which seeks to take away the victim’s liberty or freedom, to strip away their sense of self. It is not just women’s bodily integrity which is violated but also their human rights. Download our briefing paper to find out more. 

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Staying Safe

If you need immediate help contact Women's Aid, the police domestic abuse liaison officer or your local social work office.

You can also phone Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline on 0800 027 1234

Facts & Figures

On one day in Scotland in 2013, 341 women and 257 children and young people were living in a Women's Aid refuge (SWA 2013)

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