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Victim-survivors’ views on and expectations for the criminalisation of coercive control in Australia: Findings from a national survey

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posted on 2023-03-21, 15:23 authored by Kate Fitz-GibbonKate Fitz-Gibbon, Ellen ReevesEllen Reeves, Silke MeyerSilke Meyer, Sandra WalklateSandra Walklate

This report presents the findings from a national survey of 1261 victim-survivors of coercive control. The survey examined victim-survivors views on the criminalisation of coercive control. 

This study provides new evidence to inform the safe implementation of coercive control for jurisdictions that proceed to introduce an offence of coercive control. As in all areas of policy development, it is essential that state governments across Australia respond to the evolving evidence-base and ensure that policy and practice reform is informed by the views and experiences of victim-survivors. Queensland and New South Wales state governments have committed to implementing a stand-alone offence of coercive control. This study provides vital insights into the broader reforms needed to best ensure safe implementation of any new laws.


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21 March 2023

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The criminalisation of coercive control: A national study of victim-survivors’ views on the need for, benefits, risks and impacts of criminalisation

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