Coercive Control Campaign
Domestic violence if often misconceived as primarily a physical incident. Currently in NSW it is not a criminal offence to engage in activities that constitute coercive control including controlling and manipulating behaviours such as isolation, emotional manipulation, surveillance, psychological abuse and financial restriction against another person. In 2020 a survey conducted by Women’s Safety NSW showed that 100% of victim-survivors and 96% of DFV specialist agreed with the need for legislative change.
Coercive control is at the core of domestic violence and is a precursor to physical violence. To effectively reform the law we need to change definition to include coercive control alongside system reforms that include specialisation of key magistrates and police plus development of effective training and guidelines.
It’s time for NSW to catch up!
What you can do to help: