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Hopes for legal reform as government announces inquiry into coercive control

In the Sydney Morning Herald

By Laura Chung 

Forcing a partner to sleep on the floor, controlling their finances, monitoring who they see and other forms of coercive control could be made illegal under possible reforms to domestic violence laws.

On Tuesday, the NSW government said it would establish a Parliamentary Joint Select Committee to examine coercive control, possible legislative reform and overall policy approach.

The government also released a discussion paper detailing key issues, including potential benefits and challenges associated with criminalising coercive control.

The inquiry announcement came on what would have been the 34th birthday of Preethie Reddy, the dentist murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2019 after the pair attended a work conference. The 32-year-old’s body was found in a suitcase two days later in her car in Sydney’s east.

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