Duress is pressure exerted upon a person to coerce that person to perform an act they ordinarily would not perform. The notion of duress must be distinguished both from undue influence in the civil law. In criminal law, duress and necessity are different defenses. Duress has two aspects.
What are the two types of duress?
There are two types of duress: physical duress and duress by improper threat. A contract induced by physical violence is void.