Coercive control: the difference this could have made for our families

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You are invited to attend the Department of Resources Speaker Series.

There is no issue that inhibits and endangers women more than domestic violence, which currently claims the life of almost one Australian woman every week.

Just over 12 months ago the nation stopped in shock when Brisbane mother Hannah Clarke and her three children were murdered by Hannah’s estranged husband.

Following this tragic event, mounting evidence suggested that Ms Clarke and her children had experienced an extensive history of coercive control.

Coercive control refers to behaviours used to assert emotional, psychological and financial control. There are no bruises and no broken bones, yet this entrapment can strip individuals of their autonomy and self-worth.

For all the work that has been done in the domestic and family violence space in Australia, coercive control is only recognised as a crime in Tasmania. However, Queensland’s Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman has committed to legislating against coercive control this year.

Join us as we speak to Carolyn Robinson, Founder Beyond DV and Sue Clarke as they share their families’ experiences and what the criminalisation of coercive control could have meant for them.

Register by 5.00 pm on Monday 22 February 2021 to secure your virtual seat. Prior to the start of the event, all registered attendees will receive a reminder email from Eventbrite with a link to attend.

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