“Coercive control” is a common household term in the UK which most of us Americans have never heard of.

It’s beginning to weave its way into law in the United States, where normally domestic abuse cases require evidence of physical violence. Long overdue, now various states are looking to expand the definition and scope of domestic violence within the legal system.

In my home state of Connecticut, Senator Alex Kasser recently proposed “Jennifer’s Law,” which would require courts to consider the nuances of domestic violence first when ruling on what is in the best interest of the child, while also making it easier for victims to obtain restraining orders.

When I was petitioning for an order of protection