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Coercive control

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Established to focus on developments in research, policies and actions since the Royal Commission into Family Violence, this collection includes of policy-relevant resources that relate to current and emerging issues in Australia and research, policy and evaluation relevant to the design and implementation of activities...
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Intersectional complexities of coercive control

Through investigating the existing data and literature around those groups disproportionately represented as victim-survivors of coercive control and those who experience specific controlling behaviours, this paper explores the intersectional complexities of coercive control experiences and the potential barriers to seeking support in Australia.
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What is coercive control?

This paper provides an overview of coercive control: what it is, why we're talking about it, how common it is and how it's currently addressed in Australia. It also considers where coercive control has been criminalised, what experts and stakeholders think and what effect the...
Discussion paper

Legislative responses to coercive control in Western Australia: discussion paper

The Western Australian government is encouraging the community to get involved in a community debate about the pattern of destructive family violence known as coercive control. This discussion paper outlines matters the community, including victim-survivors of coercive control and experts in the legal and family...
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Spaceless violence: women’s experiences of technology-facilitated domestic violence in regional, rural and remote areas

This paper examines the impact of technology-facilitated violence on victim–survivors of intimate partner violence in regional, rural or remote areas of Australia who are socially or geographically isolated.
Discussion paper

Discussion paper: implementation considerations should coercive control be criminalised in South Australia

The Attorney-General's Department has released this discussion paper exploring the measures needed to support the implementation of a criminal offence of coercive control, should it be introduced in South Australia.
Policy report

Addressing coercive control without criminalisation

This policy brief sets out the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service’s position on the criminalisation of coercive control. It draws on international research and experience, consultation with other organisations working in this space.
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The use of restorative justice in family violence cases with a focus on the possibility of victims being coerced or controlled to participate by the persons who harmed them

This report explores the risk of victims being coerced or controlled by perpetrators through restorative justice processes in cases involving family violence.
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Coercive control in domestic relationships

Coercive control is a form of domestic abuse. Perpetrators aim to take away their partner's autonomy and freedom. This inquiry looked at ways to better respond to the phenomenon of coercive control.
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Migrant and refugee women in Australia: the safety and security study

This is the first national study that captures the diversity of migrant and refugee women, including residency/visa status. It is also the first national study to ask specific questions about domestic violence and controlling behaviours related to the visa and migration status of women.
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Threat offences in Victoria: sentencing outcomes and reoffending

This report presents the first empirical analysis of 'threat offences' recorded and sentenced in Victoria, along with an analysis of the offending trajectories of sentenced threat offenders.
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Experiences of coercive control among Australian women

Awareness of coercive control within the context of abusive intimate relationships is greater than ever before in Australia. This study examines the characteristics of violence and abuse reported by 1,023 Australian women who had recently experienced coercive control by their current or former partner.
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Experiences of domestic violence among women with restrictive long-term health conditions

This report describes the domestic violence experiences of women with restrictive long-term health conditions during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, using survey data collected in May 2020 from over 8,000 Australian women who were in a current relationship.
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Who is most at risk of physical and sexual partner violence and coercive control during the COVID-19 pandemic?

This study shows that, consistent with what is known about patterns of domestic violence more generally, some Australian women were much more likely than others to have experienced physical or sexual violence and/or coercive control during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Briefing paper

Defining and responding to coercive control

This policy brief is designed to assist policymakers developing legal or policy and practice frameworks to prevent or respond to coercive control in relation to domestic and family violence.
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Accurately identifying the “person most in need of protection” in domestic and family violence law

When police are called to an incident of domestic and family violence (DFV), one of their tasks under DFV law is to determine whether a party is in need of protection from future harm. This research project focused on identifying areas of improvement in police...
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Sentencing image-based sexual abuse offences in Victoria

The non-consensual creation and sharing of intimate and sexual images and recordings, and threats to create and share such images and recordings, are behaviours collectively known as image-based sexual abuse (IBSA). This report presents the first empirical analysis of how people are sentenced for those...
Briefing paper

Criminalising coercive control in the context of domestic and family violence: key sources

In recent years, several countries have introduced new offences to criminalise coercive control in the context of domestic and family violence. This paper provides a brief overview and a list of key sources that discuss the issue of criminalising coercive control.
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Safe and Together Addressing ComplexitY for Children (STACY for Children)

This report explores the common co-occurrence of domestic and family violence (DFV) when parents have challenges relating to mental health and the problematic use of alcohol and other drugs. The research project also found evidence that a coordinated approach is needed to address these complex...
Discussion paper

Coercive control: discussion paper

The Department of Communities and Justice (NSW) has released this discussion paper on coercive and controlling behaviour in the context of domestic and family violence in NSW.