Report of the NSW Parliament Joint Select Committee on Coercive Control

In June 2021 the Joint Select Committee on Coercive Control tabled its report on coercive control in domestic relationships. The inquiry unanimously agreed that coercive control should be criminalised.

You can read the report here. 

Position Paper from Women's Safety NSW

In September 2020 Women’s Safety NSW released a position paper which highlights the dangers of coercive control in a domestic abuse situation and calls on the government to prioritise criminalising the behaviour.

You can read their position paper here

See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse by Jess Hill

In her 2019 book ‘See What You Made Me Do’, Australian investigative journalist Jess Hill has combined forensic research with riveting storytelling to radically rethink how to confront the national crisis of domestic abuse.

‘See What You Made Me Do’, which won the Stella Prize 2020, is recognised as a groundbreaking work which turns the spotlight on perpetrators of domestic abuse and the justice system which enables them.

You can find more information about the book here, read an extract here, and purchase the book here.

The Guardian article: Coercive control is a form of intimate terrorism and must be criminalised

Paul McGorrery, Jess Hill, Hayley Foster, Marilyn McMahon, Annabelle Daniel and others* have written a succinct opinion article for the Guardian, published 6 October 2020, outlining why coercive control must be criminalised. You can read it here.

*Authors of this article are: Geraldine Bilston, victim-survivor and advocate; Yvette Cehtel, CEO of Women’s Legal Service Tasmania; Brad Chilcott, executive director of White Ribbon Australia; Annabelle Daniel OAM, CEO of Women’s Community Shelters; Hayley Foster, CEO of Women’s Safety NSW; Fiona Hamilton, Aboriginal victim-survivor and advocate; Jess Hill, author of See What You Made Me Do; Paul McGorrery, PhD candidate at Deakin Law School; Marilyn McMahon, deputy dean of Deakin Law School; Nithya Reddy, advocate and Preethi Reddy’s sister; Sally Stevenson AM, general manager of Illawarra Women’s Health Centre; Karen Williams, founder of Doctors Against Violence Towards Women

Sydney Morning Herald Article on NSW Parliamentary Inquiry: Her Partner Presents Well to the World but there are Cameras in Every Room

Lucy Cormack has written an article for the Sydney Morning Herald published 24 February 2021, outlining some of the evidence given to the Inquiry into coercive control to highlight the insidious and repressive control imposed on thousands of women in domestic abusive situations.

You can read it here.

The Guardian article on NSW Parliamentary Report: Coercive Control Should be a Crime to Stop Deathly Pandemic

On 30 June 2021 The Guardian published an article on the unanimous recommendations of the Parliamentary committee to create a standalone offence of coercive control.

You can read it here

Green Left Article on NSW Parliamentary Report: Australia's Second Pandemic - Gendered Violence

 In July 2021, Markela Panegyres wrote for Green Left on the pandemic of violence against women globally and in Australia. The article explains the issues facing women in Australia, and explains the recommendations of the NSW Parliamentary Report.

You can read it here.

Are Media campaign to criminalise coercive control

In October of 2020 Australian media company Are Media (formerly Bauer Media) have launched a campaign to see coercive control criminalised in all jurisdictions in Australia. You find find out more about their campaign here. 

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