‘A Practical Guide to Controlling or Coercive Behaviour in an Intimate or Family Relationship Under Section 78 of the Serious Crime Act 2015’ by Rachel Horman

Paperback: 978-1-912687-22-0
Publication due: November 2019
Price: TBA


A practical guide to coercive control and its relevance to different areas of law, including why the law was necessary, the problems facing victims when utilising legislation, risk assessment of victims, the link between coercive control and stalking, protective orders available for for victims, legal aid, and how coercive control is relevant to family court proceedings.

Whilst coercive control is not a new phenomenon, the law prohibiting it and the use of the phrase is relatively new and it is still very much a developing area of law and an area which is still often overlooked by the criminal and family justice system.

This book will help practitioners get up to date with this area of law and quickly point them to the relevant factors they need to consider when advising clients.


Rachel Horman is a Solicitor and Head of the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Forced Marriage Department at Watson Ramsbottom Ltd. Rachel regularly advises clients on how to increase the chances of obtaining a successful prosecution for stalking as well as advising in relation to civil options. She was personally involved in the campaign to change the law to create a criminal offence of coercive control or emotional abuse which came into force in December 2015 and is currently involved in advising the police and government around other problems with the current law in relation to stalking and domestic abuse.

Rachel regularly advises clients with regard to coercive control within the family courts. She has practiced in the area of domestic abuse and stalking for over 20 years and heads a department dealing with these issues and represents clients in relation to coercive control. She is the Chair of Paladin – the National Stalking Advocacy Service and is a regular media commentator on the subject including BBC Breakfast, BBC News, Sky news and Radio 4 and is considered to be one of the leading subject matter experts in this area.

Rachel provides feedback to the government and the police with regard to the effectiveness and problems with the implementation of the coercive control legislation. She has won several awards for her work in these areas including the Jordans Family Law Partner of the Year and Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year as well as being highly commended by the Law Society in the female Lawyer of the Year Category.

Rachel also writes a popular blog at rachelhorman.co.uk where she comments on new developments or gaps in the law around Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour Based Violence.