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Coercive control – MARAM animation video series

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This video was produced on the lands of the Wurundjeri people, and we wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners.

We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present and Aboriginal Elders of other communities viewing this video.]

[Introductory music]

[On-screen text: Coercive control is family violence]

V/O: Coercive control

V/O: Coercive control is a pattern of behaviour used by one person against another.

[Speech bubble: Are you really going to wear that?]

[On-screen text: Remember that victim survivors can be adults or children]

V/O: Coercive control is the pattern of family violence that a perpetrator uses.

[On-screen text: Patterns of behaviour]

V/O: It can be any combination of forms of family violence abuse (such as physical, sexual, financial) and is included in the legislative definition of family violence.

[Speech bubble: Your friends think you’re a joke]

[Speech bubble: Who did you talk to?]

[On-screen text: COERCIVE CONTROL]

V/O: The behaviour is intended to harm, punish, frighten, dominate, isolate, degrade, monitor, or stalk the victim survivor.

[On-screen text: harm, punish, frighten, dominate, isolate, degrade, monitor, stalk]

V/O: It creates a power dynamic where the perpetrator is in control of the victim survivor.

[On-screen text: Power and control]

V/O: Coercive controlling behaviours can affect a person’s immediate safety – they may not be able to access support, or they may fear being tracked or caught out if they try and seek help.

[Speech bubble: I can’t stay for after work drinks, he’ll accuse me of having an affair if I don’t get home straight away.]

[Speech bubble: If I just go along with what he says, it’ll be ok.]

V/O: But as coercive controlling behaviours happen over time as a pattern, the impacts are often long term too.

V/O: It can create an environment where the victim survivor feels an ongoing threat that undermines their capacity to make decisions and reduces their sense of identify and self-worth.

[On-screen text: Autonomy, Capacity for resistance, Sense of identity, Self worth]

V/O: Escalating levels of coercive control are an indicator for increased likelihood of victims being killed or seriously injured.

[Speech bubble: He’s getting worse]

V/O: Understanding coercive controlling behaviours will help you recognise family violence outside of ‘incidents’ of physical and sexual violence.

It will help you to see the pattern of behaviour.

[On-screen text: Patterns of behaviour]

V/O: To identify coercive control, think about:

What have you heard or noticed about the perpetrators behaviours towards the victim?

How often and how recently are these behaviours occurring?

Have those behaviours got worse in frequency or nature?

What range of behaviours are forms of evidence-based risk factors?

[On-screen text: Perpetrators behaviours?

How often and how recently?

Have those behaviours got worse?

Are behaviours evidence-based family violence risk factors?]

V/O: The MARAM Foundation Knowledge Guide and Practice Guides on working with adult perpetrators contain information throughout on coercive control.


V/O: As a starting point = please visit page 23 of the MARAM Foundation Knowledge Guide.

[On-screen text: Visit Foundation Knowledge Guide Section 8.1]

[On-screen text: For further information]

[Logo: Family Safety Victoria]

[Logo: Victoria State Government]

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