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In the 2017–19 NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Report, 99% of domestic violence-related homicides were characterised by coercive control.

Research by Professor Evan Stark, the sociologist who developed the concept of coercive control, found 60-80 per cent of women who seek help for abuse have experienced it. In the 2017–19 NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Report, 99% of domestic violence-related homicides were characterised by coercive control. Research by Professor Evan Stark, the sociologist who developed the concept of coercive control, found 60-80 per cent of women who seek help for abuse have experienced it. 

A recent survey of 15,000 women by the Australian Institute of Criminology found nearly 6 per cent of women had experienced coercive control from a current or former partner during the COVID-19 pandemic, with one in five saying it was for the first time. (LINK: The prevalence of domestic violence among women during the COVID-19 pandemic reveals that 4.6 per cent of all women who responded to the survey—and 8.8 percent of women in a cohabiting relationship—experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former cohabiting partner in the three months prior to the survey.

Many women reported it was the first time their partner had been violent, while others said the violence was getting worse. For 33 percent of these women, this was the first time they had experienced physical or sexual violence within their relationship. More than half (53%) of women who had experienced physical or sexual violence before February 2020 said the violence had become more frequent or severe since the start of the pandemic.

Other jurisdictions have recently moved to criminalise coercive control with Scotland implementing similar legislation in 2018 (Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018) resulting in more than 1,000 charges with a 96% prosecution rate since it was introduced.

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If you have or are experiencing Domestic Violence in your relationship or marriage, it's time to put a stop to it. Call Michelle Meares now on 4324 7699 for a free confidential chat.

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