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Coercive control discussion paper

Coercive control is a form of domestic abuse involving repeated patterns of behaviour – which can include physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial abuse, accompanied by threats of violence and the fear it causes, the cumulative effect of which is to rob victim-survivors of their autonomy and independence.

The Department of Communities and Justice has released a discussion paper on coercive and controlling behaviour in the context of domestic and family violence in NSW. The discussion paper highlights key questions for any potential reform.

This paper can be used as a guide to help inform further consideration of this complex topic. 

View or download a copy of the Coercive control discussion paper.

View a copy of the Attorney General's media release.

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If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence, call the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63. It's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Interpreters are available. If you are hearing impaired, call the National Relay Service on 133 677.

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