Controlling and coercive behaviour is domestic abuse, and is illegal.

May 25, 2018

Warning – this content might not be suitable for younger readers.



Cut your Strings is a collection of short films discussing coercive and controlling behaviour. This is a type of psychological and emotional abuse and is a criminal offence.

What is controlling and coercive behaviour? 

Controlling behviour – actions which make a person dependent on the controller by isolating them from support. This can lead to them being exploited and restricted in their day-to-day behaviour.

Coercive behaviour – a single act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation which is used to frighten the victim.

Some examples of controlling and coercive behaviour are covered in these videos.


Where to get support:

  • Mind – Mental health support
    • Click here for the website link
    • Call 0300 123 3393
  • Samaritans – Free 24 hour helpline
    • Click here for the website link
    • Call 116 123
  • Childline
    • Click here for the website link
    • Call 0800 1111

Respect is a programme for families with young people who find it difficult to control their anger.


  • Click here for the website link
  • Email – Respect@swindon.gov.uk
  • Call 01793 464662

Call 101 to report a crime. Always call 999 in an emergency.


Many thanks to Bournemouth university and Dorset police for the creation of the short animations. More information can be found here.

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