Criminalising Coercive Control In Domestic Violence Cases

The murder of Hannah Baxter and her three children has left many of us are wondering how can we prevent such tragedies. As in Hannah Baxter’s case, murders are not always preceded by physical violence, but there are often other strong signs of danger. For this reason, some countries, such as the UK have introduced legislation that makes coercive controlling behaviour a crime. Should other Australian jurisdiction follow?

Marilyn McMahon, Deputy Dean of Deakin Law School is speaking with us here on The Daily this morning about the importance of criminalizing coercive controlling behaviour in domestic violence cases nationwide.

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