Coercive Control – Defined…

” The coercive control model was developed to encompass the ongoing and multifaceted nature of the abuse which research shows is experienced by the 60% to 80% of victimized women who seek outside assistance from shelters, police or other sources of assistance. Coercive control may be defined as an ongoing pattern of domination by which male abusive partners primarily interweave repeated physical and sexual violence with intimidation, sexual degradation, isolation and control. The primary outcome of coercive control is a condition of entrapment that can be hostage-like in the harms it inflicts on dignity, liberty, autonomy and personhood as well as to physical and psychological integrity.”

By Evan Stark , Ph.D, MSW

Professor, Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration

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