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Unformatted text preview: a pattern of controlling behaviors but can be a one-time incident. These behaviors are used by an individual to gain and maintain power and control over another individual in the context of a dating/partner or familial relationship. The pattern of controlling behaviors is not caused by a lack of impulse control on the part of the abuser or as a matter of coincidence but rather is usually an ongoing effort to maintain domination over the victim to ensure submission to the abuser’s will. This definition applies to people in heterosexual and same-sex relationships.1 Other Definitions Controlling behaviors: Behaviors including, but not limited to, physical and sexual violence,2 direct and implied threats of violence, emotional and psychological intimidation, coercion, verbal abuse, isolation, stalking,3 spiritual abuse, economic or financial control, ridiculing religious beliefs, invasion of privacy, actual or threatened use of weapons, threats of deportation, blackmail, destruction of property...
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