Sunday, May 26, 2024

    How To Deal With Coercive Control In A Relationship

    Coercive control is a strategic form of ongoing oppression and terrorism used to instill fear. The abuser will use tactics, such as limiting access to money or monitoring all communication, as a controlling effort.

    Here is what you can do when your partner uses coercive control in your relationship:

    1. Maintain communication with your support systems whenever possible

    You should make sure family and friends have all of your contact information and check in on a regular basis. Also, try to always keep in touch with them.

    2. Call a domestic violence hotline regularly

    Keep track of where your nearest public phone is and periodically weigh your options with a professional.

    3. Practice how to get out safely, and practice often

    If you have children, teach them to identify a safe place, such as a friend’s house or the library, where they can go to for help and how to call the police.

    Read also: 4 Important Things To Discuss Before Getting Into An Intimate Relationship

    4. Have a safety plan

    When deciding to leave, you should have a safety plan regarding where to go and who to stay with, recognizing that the initial period of separation might be the most dangerous in terms of an abuser attempting to reconcile, through both legal and illegal conduct.

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