The many forms of coercion

From abuse to human trafficking, fake news to religious extremism, the application of coercive techniques by predators are responsible for many of our global issues. Here we explore the many applications...

Applications of coercive control

Coercion is a term that encompasses a myriad of predatory techniques, which are used to manipulate an individual or group and ultimately exert dominance over them. These techniques can be used to obtain control over a person’s beliefs, interests, thoughts, feelings, legal or medical rights, possessions, finances, or behavior, and are most commonly achieved without the victim’s explicit consent. 

Coercive techniques are common across all applications, with perpetrators applying the same techniques in ways which are unique to the victim and the desired outcome. They can therefore be seen in everything from Human Trafficking to Religious Extremism, Abuse, Sexual Assault and even Fake News. Here we explore some of the many applications of coercion:

Abuse & Gaslighting

Related terms: Domestic Violence, Abuse, Child Abuse, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Neglect, Bullying, Harm

Abuse is the collective term for mental, physical and cultural techniques used to dominate an individual.


Fake News, Propaganda, Brainwashing, Indoctrination, Misinformation, Hoax, Spoof, Spin, Conspiracy, Coercive Persuasion 

Techniques used to deliberately  incite hate, create discourse, spread lies, and/or mislead the masses.

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A-Z of Coercion

Complete list of everything you need to know about Coercion