New bill set to criminalise coercive control in intimate relationships
The NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman has this week released a bill that will criminalise and bring harsh penalties to perpetrators of coercive control.
A nine month inquiry into the issue found that existing laws did not sufficiently cover the serious distress caused to coercive control victims.
The issue has been put in front of all sides parliament and has undergone numerous rounds of consultation.
“They all recommended criminalising coercive control,” Mr Speakman told Deborah Knight.
“Conventionally with domestic violence … you look at single incidents, this will now be looking at courses of conduct, so it’s a different way of policing,” he said.
“My intention is to get it through parliament this year.”
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