Sara wants Victoria to criminalise coercive control, but family violence and legal experts are split on the issue



Tania Farha, chief executive of Domestic Violence Victoria and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, says the royal commission reforms should be implemented before additional changes are considered.

“I think everyone would agree that we need a whole-of-system approach to improve responses to coercive control,” Ms Farha says.

“Here in Victoria, a new law isn’t the starting point for this.

“Coercive control is enshrined in Victoria’s legal definition of family violence, and before introducing new laws, it is important to analyse and understand how existing laws are applied.”

ABC News
15 June 2021