The study found that the harmful impacts of coercive control on children and young people
Control of time, movement and activities within the home- Children and young people can be affected by the control of their mother’s activities in the home, with children and mothers being restricted in spending time together and being able to enjoy each other’s company. This can undermine the mother-child relationship, depriving children of feeling stable, protected and nurtured.
Restricted space to act: Children’s freedom to say and do things may be restricted by the perpetrator’s controlling behaviour; for example, not being able to play, or being made to keep quiet.
Isolation from sources of support: Control of the mother’s movements outside the home also negatively impacts on children, who may not be allowed to see friends and other family members (eg; grandparents), or take part in extra-curricular activities. This deprives children of the resilience-building influence of positive relationships outside the family home.
Coercive control can continue after separation from an abusive partner, with child contact and accompanying legal proceedings sometimes being used as a way for the abusive ex-partner to be involved in a woman’s life and to continue exerting control over her and her children.
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