Woman prosecuted for “controlling or coercive behaviour”


A woman has been successfully prosecuted for using controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate relationship, a report has revealed.

Jordan Worth was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after the court ruled she was exercising considerable control over her partner, who has not been named.

The court heard Ms Worth would keep food from him, decide what he would wear, isolate him from his family and cause grievous bodily harm.

The assaults include stabbing him and burning him with scalding water.

Reports indicate that the partner was suffering from hydrocephalus and was “vulnerable”.

The pair met in college in 2012, but the bullying relationship came to end in June 2017 when neighbours called the police after hearing the couple shouting at each other.

What is controlling or coercive behaviour?

Controlling or coercive behaviour is a type of non-physical domestic abuse. This can include threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten.

It is a criminal offence and carries heavy penalties, including imprisonment.

Women’s Aid, the domestic abuse charity, has listed the most common examples of controlling or coercive behaviour to watch out for. These include:

  • Isolating you from friends and family
  • Depriving you of basic needs, such as food
  • Monitoring your time
  • Monitoring you via online communication tools or spyware
  • Taking control over aspects of your everyday life, such as where you can go, who you can see, what you can wear and when you can sleep
  • Depriving you access to support services, such as medical services
  • Repeatedly putting you down, such as saying you’re worthless
  • Humiliating, degrading or dehumanising you
  • Controlling your finances
  • Making threats or intimidating you

For more information, please visit the Women’s Aid webpage here.

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