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Coercive Control Campaign

Coercive control is a foundational element of domestic violence, and also a major predictor of severe physical violence and homicide.

The criminalisation of coercive control is critically important if Australia is to achieve a substantial reduction in violence against women and domestic homicide.

Please sign our joint petition if you want to see coercive control criminalised! 

In a 2020 survey conducted by Women’s Safety NSW, ninety-six percent (96%) of survivors surveyed stated that they believed that the definition of domestic violence in the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 (NSW) should be amended so that coercive control is criminalised.

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 What You Made Me Do’ Jess Hill and Are Media, we have launched a criminalise coercive control campaign.

The group is calling on State and Territory governments to take immediate action on criminalising coercive control. Specifically to:

● Commit to criminalising coercive control by July 2021;

●  Put in place a consultation period, particularly with organisations on the front line and domestic and family violence survivors, to provide input into how the new law would operate; and

●  Guarantee the necessary resources and reform framework to ensure the judiciary and the police are equipped and trained to effectively enforce the law as intended.

To add your voice, sign the petition HERE!!

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For media, policy practice and law reform enquiries, please contact Hayley Foster on 0474 779 847 or at [email protected]

For general enquiries or to request a speaking engagement, please contact Sharon Butt at [email protected] or on 0455 551 978. 

PO Box K278, Haymarket NSW 1240

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