Community legal centres and leaders in the social services sector have made submissions to the NSW Parliament on a draft bill which would criminalise coercive control.
In July 2022, the NSW Government released a draft bill – Crimes Legislation Amendment (Coercive Control) Bill 2022 – for public comment ahead of its introduction to Parliament.
The submissions made by social services, community legal centres and domestic violence experts outline key concerns with the Bill, and advocate for greater consultation and a phased approach to its introduction, for systemic racism in the criminal legal system to be addressed, and for greater attention to be paid to the experiences of LGBTQI+ people, First Nations women, and people with disability.
According to the Women's Legal Service NSW, coercive control can take many forms, including "physical and sexual abuse as well as non-physical abuse, such as psychological abuse, financial and economic abuse, spiritual and cultural abuse, intimidation, stalking and technology-facilitated abuse".
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