AM Welcomes Live Fear Free Campaign

Coercive control is when a person with whom you are personally connected with, repeatedly behaves in a way which makes you feel controlled, dependent, isolated, humiliated or scared. The Government’s new ‘Live Fear Free’ Campaign video shows some examples of coercive control as outlined in the list below:

• isolating you from your friends and family • controlling how much money you have and how you spend it • repeatedly putting you down, calling you names or telling you that you are worthless • monitoring your activities and your movements • threatening to harm or kill you or your child • threatening to publish information about you or to report you to the police or the authorities • damaging your property or household goods • forcing you to take part in criminal activity or child abuse • isolating you from sources of support

Huw Irranca-Davies AM said “Controlling behaviour is a form of abuse and these behaviours, such as isolating someone from their family or friends, are often very subtle and can be hard to identify. I’d urge residents to watch and share this video and if you see the signs, seek help.”

Coercive control is a criminal offence. If you, a family member or a friend, are in a controlling relationship contact the Live Fear Free Helpline for 24 hour free advice and support on 0808 8010 800. Or see online: