Domestic violence victims to be protected from insidious abuse

Domestic Violence Victoria CEO Tania Farha said coercive control was a “grave and complex issue” and new laws would need to be carefully considered.

“It’s very common for perpetrators to use coercive control, or an ongoing pattern of controlling behaviour, along with forms of physical violence,” she said.

“They often ‘start small’ and slowly tighten their control, while continually working to undermine their victim’s confidence or sense of safety, and cut them off from potential sources of support or information.”

…Ms Farha said: “It’s particularly important to consider how any new laws might affect people who experience multiple forms of discrimination, and to ensure we don’t lose sight of victim survivors who choose not to engage with the justice system.”

Herald Sun