Controlling behaviour is domestic abuse. It’s time the law recognised it.
After the Greens introduced a bill to do just that, a Joint Select Inquiry into Coercive Control was established in the NSW Parliament. That committee, composed of politicians from across the political spectrum, unanimously recommended that our laws should be urgently updated to recognise coercive control as a crime. As a result, the NSW Government assured us that it would be introducing its own legislation to criminalise coercive control.
But it has been over a year and we are yet to see even a draft of the Government’s proposed legislation to criminalise coercive control.
At least one woman is murdered by a current or former partner every week. We don’t have time to waste – victims of domestic violence and abuse need our protection now. We must urgently act to recognise the full spectrum of domestic violence and abuse in our laws.