Coercive Control - IAWBH 2022


AIM: To explore how parallels between domestic violence and workplace bullying can add to our understanding of the dynamics of bullying and improve protection for targets.


Coercive control is a pattern of behaviour used by a perpetrator, that refers particularly to the non-physical aspects of domestic violence; including isolating, manipulating, demeaning, monitoring, threatening or gaslighting.

•It is clearly a process, set of control tactics, a power play, calling to mind the phrase ‘mind games’

•It is intentional, deliberate and operates through the creation of a microclimate of fear

•The aim is to control the ‘target’

•The effects are severe

•It has been criminalized in some countries


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