We gave notice of our Bill on 17 June 2020 and introduced our Bill on 18 November 2020.
If legislated, our Bill will make it illegal to isolate, humiliate, degrade or control another person through the use of fear or threats of physical or psychological harm to them or others. It will include clauses to prevent anyone making another person dependent on them, monitoring their daily activities, preventing their access to support services or medical care, or restricting their freedom of action. The Bill deliberately puts the focus on the behaviour of the offender, not the response of their victim.
Our Bill borrows heavily from the recent changes to the law in Scotland — through the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 — which is widely seen by frontline domestic violence experts as the “gold standard” for coercive control legislation.
In late 2020, Abigail was appointed as a member of the NSW Parliament’s Joint Select Inquiry into Coercive Control. The Inquiry was set up to consider whether or not coervice control should be criminalised in NSW, and what other reforms would be required to address the issue of coercive control in domestic relationships. The Inquiry reported on 30 June 2021 and recommended, among other things, that the law should be updated to recognise coercive control as a crime.
The NSW Attorney-General has until 30 December 2021 to respond to the Inquiry’s recommendations. If the Attorney-General fails to act, we will bring our Bill on for debate.
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