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Coercive control: Impacts on children and young people in the family environment

Author: Danielle McLeod

Research in Practice commissioned this literature review from SafeLives in 2018. The review examines research evidence on the impacts on children and young people of coercive control in the family environment. The primary aim of the review was to inform the content of an elearning module developed for Cafcass as a learning resource for staff working in private and public family law.

The review:

• Considers definitions, prevalence and the nature of domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour .

• Draws out messages from research on coercive control in the context of parental separation, including consideration of the impact on parenting capacity.

• Discusses coercive and controlling behaviour in relation to planning child contact through public or private law proceedings.