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Local domestic violence centre highlights danger of coercive control

Feb 14, 2023 17:26 By Shannonside News
Local domestic violence centre highlights danger of coercive control
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Coercive control is a persistent pattern of controlling, coercive and threatening behaviour including emotional, financial and physical abuse.

Making all the decisions, isolating a person from friends or family and wanting to move too fast in a relationship can be key signs of coercive control.

Natalie O'Reilly from the Domestic Violence Service at Longford Women's Link is urging those experiencing these behaviours to seek help.

Coercive control is a persistent pattern of controlling, coercive and threatening behaviour including emotional, financial and physical abuse.

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Women's Aid today released the results from an online quiz involving 20 thousand young people over the last 4 months.

9 in 10 respondents to say their partner has threatened to leak explicit images of them when they have a fight.

Almost 70 per cent of people say their partner forced or pressured them to do something sexual that they didn't want to do, while almost 3 quarters say their partner demands to know their passwords to their devices.

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Speaking to Let's Talk today, Natalie says that Coercive Control can be manipulated into seeming that it's a kindness:

'The more that see is isolated, the easier she is to influence because she is only hearing it from him.

So we find it is very common the women will lose her friends that she's always had the close network with, even her family.

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He might even suggest where she works is not ideal because she may work where there is predominantly males.

They will create a world eventually that suits their agenda.'

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