Australia first needs a better understanding of what coercive control is and how to respond to it. If law reform is rushed, victims will be put at risk.
There is no specific crime of catfishing in Australia. So we have to make better use of existing laws to address this devastating behaviour.
New research shows Australian women living under new coronavirus regulations are in fear of their lives from abusive partners or former partners. Action must be taken now to stop it.
The ability to prosecute alleged domestic abuse cases without the support of the victim is vital.
It is important that police forces and the CPS are able to recognise that coercive control and couple violence are different and require different handling.
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.
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.
Sally Challen, convicted of murdering her husband in 2010, will now face a retrial. A lawyer explains the legal significance of the ruling.
It's still rare for cases of coercive control to reach prosecution.
According to a study by Parity, more than 40% of domestic violence victims are male.
New laws are often seen as an answer in tackling intimate partner violence, but our research shows it is not always the best response.
If even top judges can get it wrong when it comes to domestic abuse then perhaps it's time we all tried to better understand the nature of coercive and controlling behaviour.
The way evidence and testimony is used in court makes it very hard to prove a relationship is coercive.