Preparing for the Attack: Tactics That Establish Control

  • James F. KennyEmail author


As the attack becomes more likely, predators seek to establish control over their targets, social settings, and circumstances to maximize their chances of success. They may achieve this by reducing target resistance and eliminating potential help sources. At this point in the criminal victimization process, the situation has become more dangerous and there are fewer options available for targets. Recognizing control tactics quickly may provide the targets the opportunity to take action before the attack has commenced. If possible, they must act promptly to avoid, contain, or defend themselves from the potential attackers. Aggressors may employ control tactics such as verbal abuse, intimidations, threats, manufactured anger, stalking, securing weapons, or exploiting authority to establish dominance. They may attempt to isolate targets from those who can assist. Aggressors may lie in wait at public places, or lure their targets to private locations where they can exercise greater control.


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  1. 1.Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityTeaneckUSA

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