Coercive control

coercive control

Coercive and controlling behaviour is a repeated pattern of intimidation, isolation and control that abusive partners use to instil fear in the victim to hold power over them. It is a form of domestic abuse, which may occur without any physical violence inflicted and has a long-lasting and devastating impact on the survivor.

Domestic abuse

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If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, getting help can be a very daunting prospect. Read advice from expert organisations like Women's Aid, and Mumsnetters who have been in this situation, on where to start.

Unmarried couples: your legal rights

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Understanding your legal position as an unmarried couple can be tricky, so we've teamed up with Slater & Gordon Lawyers to help sort the facts from the fiction.

Sex after marriage

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You wouldn't be where you are if you hadn't fancied the pants off each other to begin with. But how can you get your sex drive back when parenting and familiarity quash your libido?

A guide to online dating as a single parent

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You're a parent. You're single. You fancy meeting someone new. Bit doubtful that you'll find them at the school gate? Online dating could be just the ticket.

Divorce and separation

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If your relationship is in trouble and you're considering splitting up, get advice about the practical, financial and emotional consequences for you, your children and your ex.

Realistic relationships

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Whether you're in a relationship or not, take comfort from these not-so-perfect portrayals of things partners do, as well as awful but hilarious dating stories.