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Sabah Hafiz’s death is a tragic reminder of Australia’s escalating domestic violence crisis & government inaction

Published in Women’s Agenda by Tarla Lambert Sabah Hafiz was a 23-year-old aspiring model who enjoyed new experiences and being ‘spontaneous’. She had her whole life before her…until she didn’t. Her reported death yesterday in Sydney’s Wentworthville is a devastating reminder that this pandemic has far reaching consequences outside of the risk of the virus itself….

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Push to criminalise coercive control ramps up as public awareness grows

Published in Women’s Agenda by Madeline Hislop  Just as a new national poll has revealed wide public support for criminalising coercive control, some of the most prominent voices in the domestic and family violence space have formed a coalition to ramp up the pressure on governments to enact change. 70 per cent of respondents to…

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It’s not OK to sell alcohol to children online

In Mirage News There are gaping holes in our laws for online alcohol sales, including no requirement for underage ID checks or for preventing delivery to people who are intoxicated. CEO of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education Caterina Giorgi says, “Every company selling alcohol should be required to check proof of age because…

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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…

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New Coalition calls for immediate action on criminalising coercive control

Today, in a game changer for Australian women, Women’s Safety NSW have joined a powerful coalition to call for state and federal governments to criminalise coercive control. Standing with advocates across the sector including White Ribbon, Small Steps 4 Hannah, Queensland Women’s Legal Service, Women’s Community Shelters and Doctors Against Toward Women, author of ‘Look…

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Are Media coalition addresses Coercive Control in Activist Agenda campaign

Are Media (formerly Bauer Media) has launched its latest Activist Agenda campaign which demands governments around the country introduce a nationally consistent offence aimed at non-physical domestic abuse, known as Coercive Control. The publisher has built a coalition of significant women’s groups and legal advocates to lobby State and Territory governments to criminalise Coercive Control,…

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DV victims’ families push for new laws

If murdered dentist Preethi Reddy understood what coercive control was, she would still be alive. That is what Dr Reddy’s sister Nithya believes, and it’s why she is among a coalition of advocates, which also includes the family of Hannah Clarke, pushing for Australia to criminalise the behaviour. On Monday the coalition comprised of six…

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