Research in Practice commissioned this literature review from SafeLives in 2018. The review examines
research evidence on the impacts on children and young people of coercive control in the family
environment. The primary aim of the review was to inform the content of an elearning module
developed for Cafcass as a learning resource for staff working in private and public family law.
• Considers definitions, prevalence and the nature of domestic abuse and coercive and controlling
• Draws out messages from research on coercive control in the context of parental separation,
including consideration of the impact on parenting capacity.
• Discusses coercive and controlling behaviour in relation to planning child contact through public