DV Vic/ DVRCV have identified coercive control as one of the most complex and urgent social issues impacting communities across Australia, and stated that victim survivors clearly need improved responses from the system and the community.
They have emphasised that a whole-of-system approach is required to improve responses to coercive control and ensure all victim survivors can access safety and support, regardless of whether they engage with the justice system.
In their position paper, DV Vic/DVRCV have identified immediate actions that can be taken to improve understanding of and response to coercive control across the broader family violence system. While they recognise that the justice system (civil and criminal) forms part of the systemic response to family violence, DV Vic/DVRCV are not supporting the introduction of a new offence to criminalise coercive control in Victoria at this stage.
(DV Vic Bulletin, 10.5.21)