27 Nov 2017

Australia should be cautious about introducing laws on coercive control to stem domestic violence

Police shouldn't be he judge
when it comes to coercive control
unless given specialist training.
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When asked if 'Coercive control' exists in a domestic dispute, they're asking police to become experts in psychology?

More law is not the answer

Recourse to the law remains one of the central planks of policy responses to intimate partner violence. In the case of coercive control, research suggests more law of this kind is not the answer to improving those responses. 

Australian jurisdictions should be cautious about following in the footsteps of our English counterparts.
There may be a place for coercive control in law. But a more effective role for this concept may lie in better-informed expert testimony presented to the court in the case of very serious offences.
Law reforms should be evidence-based and informed by an understanding of the problems the reform seeks to address.

Policymakers must also look beyond the criminal law as a “quick fix” to a long-standing social problem and instead strengthen civil remedies, service access and delivery.

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