Analogous issues

Although there are similarities and overlap with other forms of coercive persuasion – such as grooming for sex and coercive control in domestic violence for example – cultic abuse differs because it relies on the victim first adhering to a belief system (that could be based on religious, political, therapeutic, financial beliefs and can include the love one partner feels for another).
Another one of the defining characteristics of cultic abuse is the use of deception so that the victim is unaware of the extent of the exploitation they are suffering and sincerely believes they and their group are doing good.