Criminalising coercive control: a win or a waste of time?

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Since the killing of Hannah Clarke and her three children earlier this year, there has been significant public attention focused on the issue of coercive control and increasing calls to reform the law.

Recently, the NSW Labor opposition has proposed a bill that would criminalise coercive control, but some experts warn that criminalisation may not be as effective as hoped.

This cautioning stems from the limited public understanding of what coercive control actually is and how such coercion is to be proved.

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