Controlling and Coercive Behaviour


Navigating Controlling and Coercive Offenses: Understanding Legal Boundaries and Supporting Victims

Controlling and coercive behaviour refers to a pattern of conduct in which one person seeks to exert power and control over another, often through manipulation, intimidation, or threats. This behaviour can occur within various types of relationships, including intimate partnerships, familial relationships, or caregiver situations. The Serious Crime Act 2015 introduced legislation to criminalize controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships.

Controlling and coercive behaviour can manifest in numerous ways, often involving tactics aimed at isolating, intimidating, or undermining the victim. Examples may include monitoring or controlling the victim's movements, finances, or communications; isolating the victim from friends, family, or support networks; or using threats, intimidation, or emotional manipulation to maintain control.

Under the Serious Crime Act 2015, individuals found guilty of controlling or coercive behaviour can face significant legal penalties, including imprisonment, fines, or restraining orders. Prosecution for these offences requires evidence of a pattern of behaviour that is abusive and controlling, rather than isolated incidents. 

Controlling and coercive behaviour cases are complex legal matters that require a careful consideration of the facts, evidence, and legal principles involved. Defendants facing such charges should seek experienced legal representation to ensure their rights are protected and to pursue the most effective defence strategy given the circumstances of their case.