Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse that includes a pattern of manipulation intended to control and diminish a victim by causing self-doubt, trust issues, decreased self-worth and a host of other trauma-inducing consequences. In this episode, Dr. Christine Cocchiola unpacks the complexities of gaslighting within domestic abuse by examining the character issues of those who gaslight, who they consider perfect prey, the red flags in a relationship, how to set boundaries and when to seek help. Dr. Cocchiola is a regularly featured guest on the show discussing the topic of coercive control. She is a Coercive Control Advocate, Researcher, Educator & Professor of Social Work, and a Survivor who has been dedicated to the field of intimate partner violence since the age of 19. Dr. Cocchiola is a tenured professor at a Connecticut Community College and an adjunct instructor at NYU, teaching in the Social Work Studies Program for over 20 years.