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Leaving the family home when children are involved brings psychological and practical barriers. fizkes | Shutterstock

Why victims of domestic abuse don’t leave – four experts explain

Coercive control seeks to disempower victims of domestic abuse on every level. Leaving the family home – and disentangling feelings of care – is a complex process.
Domestic violence and coercive controlling behaviours are occurring in shared parenting arrangements more than was previously thought. (Cottonbro/Pexels)

Divorce Act update will help protect children, mothers from violence and coercive control

There’s a need to better understand coercive control as an important component of domestic violence when it comes to making decisions around co-parenting.
Many behaviours associated with coercive control are not yet criminal in Australia, even though the impact on victims is profound. Shutterstock

It’s time ‘coercive control’ was made illegal in Australia

New laws in the UK have led to convictions for a range of deplorable behaviours used to control partners in relationships. It’s time Australia reconsidered introducing such legislation here.
Coercive control is a form of domestic violence based on a subtle but persistent form of emotional and psychological abuse. from shutterstock.com

Why Sally Challen’s appeal is not a win for women victims of coercive control

Advocates say the recent quashing of Sally Challen’s murder conviction brought attention to a hidden feature of domestic violence. But it may have also painted Challen as an unstable woman.

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