Domestic and family violence is not about conflict – it’s about power and control.
In a healthy relationship, there is an equal balance of power between partners, and both partners feel free to state their opinions and make their own decisions.
Domestic and family violence is not always physical violence, and it can take many forms including coercive control.
Coercive control is a pattern of behaviour, which can be both physical and non-physical, perpetrated against a person to create an environment of fear, isolation, intimidation and humiliation. And it can lead to homicide.
It might make you feel unsafe, scared, threatened, or like you are walking on eggshells.
Over time, this behaviour can have a devastating impact on your independence, personal wellbeing and safety.
All forms of abuse are serious and never acceptable.
It’s not always easy to tell if a new relationship will become controlling and abusive as warning signs don’t always appear immediately and may emerge and intensify over time as the relationship grows.
However, there can be some early warning signs.
Do you know the signs of coercive control?
Visit www.qld.gov.au/lovenotcontrol to watch survivor stories and find out how you can get help.