Video: You don't have to account for your every move - coercive control is a crime


Leitrim Observer Reporter


Leitrim Observer Reporter

Does your partner make you account for your every move? Do you have to deal with a number of missed calls and texts on a night out? You may be experiencing coercive control - and this is against the law.

Often when we think of domestic abuse we think of physical violence, but there are also psychological, financial, sexual and emotional violence.

Coercive control is formally defined as psychological abuse in intimate relationships that causes fear of violence or serious alarm or distress that has a substantial adverse impact on a person's day-to-day life, manifesting as a pattern of intimidation or humiliation involving psychological or emotional abuse.

Coercive control been included in the Domestic Violence Act, which defines the legal protections available to victims of domestic violence. 

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (DVAS) which covers Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan have released some videos as part of education and awareness of domestic violence.

You don't have to live in fear, coercive control isolates and deprived women.

Also watch: Are you being controlled by your partner?

Call DVAS on 071 9141515 or visit