Australia should be cautious about introducing laws on coercive control to stem domestic violence

Family violence Criminal law Violence against women Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Australia

Numerous Australian reviews – including Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence and Queensland’s Not Now, Not Ever Report – have documented the failure of the criminal law to provide justice for victims of intimate partner violence. A common question emerging from these reviews has been: how valuable is the introduction of new legal categories as a way of improving responses to intimate partner violence?

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