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ACT Government provides in-principle support to criminalise coercive control



Yvette Berry

Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Yvette Berry has engaged the Domestic Violence Prevention Council to advise coercive control legislation. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The ACT Government has provided in-principle support to criminalising coercive control after Queensland announced its intent to legislate on the issue, but said it will first work with stakeholders to determine if there is a gap in current legislation.

Coercive control is where victims are subjected to controlling behaviour from their partner, including restricting access to money, where they go and who they meet.

Survivors often fear this type of partner behaviour will not be recognised as abuse by the police or courts because it’s different from…

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