Let's Talk: Criminalising Coercive Control
Criminalising coercive control is first and foremost about saving lives. But decades of sexism and racism within the police and judicial systems have left people understandably cautious about this reform. That’s why it’s so important to get it right.
We know it’s not enough to simply criminalise coercive control. Care needs to be taken to ensure this reform avoids unintended consequences and saves lives. Vitally, this will require further meaningful consultation with marginalised communities and a commitment from government to ongoing training and education for first responders, widespread targeted community education campaigns and guaranteed funding of frontline services.
Join me alongside Christine Robinson, Coordinator of Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre, Dr Karen Williams, founder of Doctors Against Violence Towards Women, Professor Marilyn McMahon, co-author of Criminalising Coercive Control: An Introduction and Talie Star, consultant and advocate, as we discuss progress on the campaign to criminalise coercive control and how we ensure that we get this vital reform right.