controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour

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behaviour and actions of a perpetrator that are intended to control the victim through isolation, intimidation, degradation and micro-regulation of everyday life; the term and concept were developed by Evan Stark, seeking to explain the range of tactics used by perpetrators, and their effects on victims; the concept highlights the continuing nature of the behaviour, and the extent to which the actions of the perpetrator control the victim; crucially, the concept sets out that such abuse can be psychological as well as physical; the term is explicitly covered within the definition of domestic abuse; the offence of controlling or coercive behaviour within an intimate or familial relationship is set out in section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015, and carries a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both, for offenders

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