How Coercive Control Laws Could Impact First Nations Women

Warning: This interview contains mentions of First Nations people who have been impacted by domestic violence or coercive control.

Following the tragic deaths of Hannah Clarke and her three young children in 2020, the NSW government has released a draft bill that proposed to make coercive control a criminal offence. However, advocates are concerned that this potential law change could heavily impact First Nations women trapped in the vicious cycle of domestic abuse.

2SER’s Danny Chiefly was joined by Emma Buxton-Naminsnyk, senior law associate, to explain how proposed laws on coercive control in Australia could further marginalise and potentially criminalise First Nations women.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by domestic violence, you can call Lifeline’s 24-hour crisis hotline on 13 11 14 or 1800RESPECT.