There has been quite a bit in the media this last week about coercive control and the new offence of coercive control that was introduced last December.  It is an insidious form of domestic abuse - emotional/psychological abuse - and quite frequently the victim, who is by no means a "pathetic" victim but can be a strong person, may be  unaware that they are such a victim.  Alternatively, they might shut their eyes to the same.  Nevertheless, it is a form of domestic abuse and if we, at Freeths, see someone who describes behaviour that seems to fit the bill, we would always talk to them sympathetically and encourage them to have the courage of their convictions.  If this behaviour is causing them distress or upset then they may just need to talk about it to realise that they want to get out of that relationship and we are committed to assisting people to do so with as little trauma as possible.  That, of course, is not always so easy with a controlling partner.