Our Mission

The Coercive Control Collective is a community of people and organizations with the goal of unmasking a pattern of abuse core to highly controlling relationships and groups. We are committed to an approach that recognizes intersectional systems of power that impact and structure the experiences of victims.

The primary outcome of coercive control is a condition of entrapment that can be hostage-like in the harms it inflicts on dignity, liberty, autonomy and personhood as well as to physical and psychological integrity.
— Evan Stark, PhD


  • To educate the public about the emerging concept of coercive control
  • To serve as an American source of information on the subject, highlighting where coercive control is recognized as a concept and the framework is utilized in the United States, as well as research and policy initiatives across the globe
  • To share the work of thought leaders, including those who have developed the theory, as well as those who are currently working to forward a coercive control-informed framework for developing policy and prevention and education efforts
  • To utilize a coercive control framework for exploring highly controlling behaviors, revealing the similar pattern of abuse found in certain abusive relationships and groups (not just domestic violence and also not all types of domestic violence)   
  • To advocate for victims utilizing this framework, including policy and education that recognizes the true harm of the psychological abuse that characterizes highly controlling and abusive relationships and moving away from treating abuse as episodic




Abigail D. Hazlett is a victim advocate. Her undergraduate research examined Christian clergy training in handling sexual violence in their congregations with an ultimate goal of developing trauma-informed training that can be implemented into seminary school curricula. She also served as a research assistant for Human Trafficking and Human Rights, a textbook published in 2013. She has presented her work at multiple conferences, including annual conferences for Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and International Cultic Studies Association.

Abigail received her bachelor's degree in Sociology from St. Edward's University in 2012. She will begin graduate work in Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in Fall 2018, focusing on trauma’s impact on victims, as well as abusive organizations and institutional responses to trauma and abuse.



Chelsea Brass is a health policy and planning professional and doctoral student in interpersonal communication at the University of Texas at Austin with a planned emphasis on public health and safety campaigns as well as a goal of designing clinical interventions for trauma center patients deemed at-risk of highly-controlling domestic violence.

Chelsea received a Master’s degree of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Global and International Studies, with a regional focus on South and Central America, an emphasis on socio-economic and political processes. She serves on the advisory board of International Cultic Studies Association and the Open Minds Foundation.