This week, the NSW government announced its commitment to outlawing the historically overlooked form of intimate abuse known as coercive control following a recent inquiry.
There has also been confusion, with some unsure how exactly the government aims to criminalise coercive control.
Here is everything we know about the proposed commitment.
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What exactly is coercive control?
Community awareness of coercive control has increased in recent years, and is now more widely seen as both a form of abuse and a red flag in a relationship.
Coercive control is a pattern of abuse designed to dominate, oppress and trap another individual.
Though it can come hand-in-hand with physical violence, it typically involves more insidious and manipulative tactics like social isolation, intimidation, humiliation and degradation, monitoring movements and communication with others, controlling finances, and so on.