Criminalising coercive control is firmly on the policy agenda across Australia and internationally. While the concept has underpinned legislative and other responses to domestic and family violence for decades, it is only in recent years that jurisdictions have begun to explicitly criminalise coercive control. Since 2015, England, Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland have all introduced an offence of coercive control. These offences are relatively new and therefore the evidence of their effectiveness is limited.
In a discussion facilitated by Dr Heather Nancarrow, CEO, ANROWS, the panel will draw on their personal and professional perspectives to explore the barriers that diverse groups of women face in our existing justice system, the challenges in developing and implementing a coercive control offence, and safeguards needed to avoid unintended consequences of legislative change.
Manager - State Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Unit, Queensland Police Service