Call for prevention to be at the centre of coercive control solutions following National Summit
WIRE has joined a coalition of family violence organisations and survivor advocates in Victoria calling for prevention to be at the heart of national solutions to coercive control — regardless of whether or not it is criminalised.
Coercive control does not manifest from nothing—it is a product of attitudes, entitlement and systems that enable the control to be perpetuated. It has a devastating impact on many victim-survivors of family violence. If we truly want to end coercive control, we cannot police our way out; we must change the attitudes, behaviours, sense of entitlement and systems that condone and support coercive control .
Criminalisation alone will not prevent coercive control as it is an inherently reactive approach. Primary prevention is the only way to reduce the overall prevalence of family violence.
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