The recently published report, Mental Health and Substance Use Coercion Surveys: Report from the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, documents the high prevalence of mental health and substance use coercion tactics.
“Mental health coercion” refers to abusers’ efforts to
- undermine their partner’s sanity or perception of events;
- induce stress or exacerbate mental health symptoms;
- sabotage or control and manipulate treatment;
- control access to medications;
- undermine a partner’s ability to maintain custody by calling them “crazy;” or
- undermine a partner’s credibility with family, friends, and systems where they seek help.
In an effort to further illustrate the findings of these important surveys, the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) has created a one-page fact sheet available here: Mental Health Coercion Survey Fact Sheet
NDVH also created this 40-second animated infographic, available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEf0xSdUc6g