Coercive Control Compensation Claims

Coercive Control Compensation Claims

Historically, domestic abuse has been thought of as physical violence and physical abuse. However, we know it includes a much broader definition including coercive control. This is a common form of domestic abuse and is now recognised as a criminal offence. Coercive control by a partner has immediate and long-term effects for the victim survivor. Whilst a criminal prosecution against the person exerting control gives comfort to the victim, knowing they are free from his or her clutches, the psychological and sometimes financial consequences also need to be addressed. It is important for the survivor of coercive control to obtain access to long-term medical support and to pursue a coercive control claim for compensation, to ensure that they receive proper justice for the harm that has been inflicted upon them.

We have nearly 20 years of experience of helping those who have been abused. Our experience puts us in a strong position to ensure we are able to obtain justice for the most important person in the coercive control relationship, the survivor victim. We handle these claims sensitively, but robustly when pursuing the offender. We stand up to them and ensure that abusers pay, financially, for their behaviours and crime. We are frequently able to offer a “no win, no fee” funding agreement, meaning you do not have to worry about paying legal costs to start a claim for coercive control compensation.

If you would like to learn more about a coercive control compensation claim and speak with a coercive control compensation solicitor, either fill in our online enquiry form, email us at or telephone on 0333 123 9099. We are coercive control solicitors, who pursue coercive control compensation from those responsible for such harm.

What is Coercive Control?

The Government definition of coercive control states:

  • coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim
  • coercive control is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour

Statistics illustrate that nearly a third of adults have been in a relationship where their partner had restricted their daily activities or controlled which friends or family they could meet.

Will you need to go to court to claim compensation for coercive control?

The vast majority of abuse type compensation claims are settled out of court, by way of negotiation. In those cases where the person who exerts coercive control does not engage with the coercive control compensation claims process, or is disruptive, we will take legal action, on your behalf, to ensure that justice and coercive control compensation is obtained.

If legal proceedings are necessary, it does not necessarily mean you have to go to court. It is substantially a paper exercise and only if a trial is necessary (which is rare) will you need to attend court. In those circumstances, we can provide protection.

We will provide strong representation, determined to achieve a positive outcome for you to make the process of pursuing a coercive control financial abuse claim as easy as possible for you.

Types of coercive control behaviour you can claim compensation

Coercive control behaviour comes in many forms. Here are some examples:

  •  intimidation
  • degradation
  • parental alienation
  • isolation and control
  • use of or threat of physical or sexual violence
  • deprivation of basic needs, such as food
  • monitoring of your time
  • controlling your finances
  • gaslighting
  • constant criticism
  • demanding sexual behaviour

How to claim compensation for coercive control domestic abuse

There are two routes to pursuing coercive control compensation. One route is to pursue a claim under a government scheme. This is not generous, financially, although sometimes it is the only route available. Wherever possible we will always recommend pursuing a claim against the individual, the offender, the person guilty of coercive control, as this brings about the maximum compensation for the survivor.

Claiming criminal injuries compensation for coercive control

In those cases where there physical violence is involved, victims of domestic abuse compensation can submit a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for compensation under the criminal injuries compensation scheme.

A survivor of coercive control will be eligible for criminal injuries compensation if they are a victim of a crime of violence. The claim must be made within two years of a report being made to the police.  The compensation is based on a tariff system and does not take full account of the harm suffered by you, as a consequence of the coercive control, and the long-term effects.    That is why we recommend pursuing a claim against the individual. However, as it is not always possible to do that, we can help you with the application process for criminal injuries compensation,ensuring that the application submitted is the most persuasive to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation you may be entitled to under the scheme.

It is possible to make a claim under the government scheme, as well as a claim against the offender, although if the claim against the offender is successful, you will be obliged to return compensation from the government scheme, to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Making a civil claim for coercive control compensation against the offender

In the majority of cases we recommend pursuing coercive control compensation from the offender. A claim can be pursued by anyone who has been subjected to coercive control and has suffered harm, whether psychological, physical, emotional or financial, as a consequence of that coercive control.

The compensation may be made up of different elements, including compensation for the physical injury sustained, compensation for the impact upon your mental health as a consequence of the coercive control, money you may have lost (including money taken by the offender and lost earnings as a consequence of not being able to work), and the cost of private health treatment, to enable you to recover from the harm.

We can help you pursue that claim for coercive control and psychological abuse compensation. We will talk to you, listen, to understand what happened and the consequences of the coercive control, how it affected you at the time and how it affects your life now. We will then set about informing the offender that a claim is being pursued, but will not reveal your address. Indeed, if legal proceedings are necessary we will ask the Court to anonymised you, to protect your identity and your address, as well as others who may be able to give assistance in pursuing the claim for compensation.

We are very likely to have you assessed by a consultant psychiatrist or consultant psychologist, to understand the impact of the coercive control behaviour upon you and if you have sustained physical harm, we will also have you seen by an appropriate medical expert to understand the ramifications of injury sustained. We will discuss with you what financial losses you have suffered as a consequence of your ex-partner’s coercive control, seeking to maximise the amount of compensation.

What will it cost to make a coercive control compensation claim?

For most of our clients we are able to offer a “no win, no fee” agreement. This means you have nothing to pay if we are unsuccessful in your claim for compensation. You will only be asked to make a contribution to the legal costs at the end of the case, but only if the claim is successful. If the claim is unsuccessful there is nothing to pay: we do not send you a bill, do not ask for money. We carry the burden of running the case, so you do not have to worry and are able to concentrate on your recovery.

What are the Time Limits for Making a claim for Coercive Control compensation Claim?

There are time limits for bringing claims for coercive control compensation. To successfully bring a claim for coercive control compensation, the claim has to be made within three years of the control taking place. In the majority of coercive control cases, the behaviour occurs over a long period of time. Therefore, time does not begin to run until the last incident of coercive control and you have escaped the clutches of the abuser.

How to start a coercive control compensation claim

At IBB, our domestic violence and coercive control solicitors  help survivors from all walks of life. We will review your case with compassion, sensitivity and professionalism. We can advise whether you have the grounds to make a compensation claim. We offer a free consultation and a no win, no fee agreement.

If you would like to learn more about a coercive control compensation claim and speak with a coercive control compensation solicitor, either fill in our online enquiry form, email us at or telephone on 0333 123 9099. We are coercive control solicitors, who pursue coercive control compensation from those responsible for such harm.

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Where to get further help for Coercive Control

There are many organisations and charities for those in need of help. Whether local or national, these groups are able to provide support, examples of which are listed below:-

We can help you in respect of applications for a non-molestation order, an occupation order and restraining orders.  Speak to one of our specialist lawyers.

Get in touch with our expert coercive control compensation solicitors today

Get in touch with our coercive control compensation claims solicitors and domestic abuse compensation lawyers to talk about how we might be able to help. Please phone us on 0333 123 9099, or email us at, or fill in our contact form.

We are able to support you, in making a claim to achieve the best possible outcome and will support you throughout your claim.