Several countries, including Scotland, France, England, Wales, & Ireland, have adopted coercive control laws over the last decade. In response, 2 states—first Hawaii (inspired by Scotland) & then California (Sept 2020) —have recently taken the groundbreaking step of passing the nation’s first laws against coercive control. In February 2021, an inquiry began to explore the introduction of new coercive control legislation in New South Wales, Australia. This video is an excerpt from Dr. Karen Williams’ testimony, of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

"To leave the system as it is now is not only negligent, it is an act of complicity in the ongoing abuses of women and children." - Dr. Karen Williams ​

Coercive Control Defined: ‘Coercive control is nonphysical abuse such as psychological, financial, and emotional abuse. It can include stalking, harassment, gaslighting, intimidation and threats. The goal of coercive control is to make the other person subordinate or dependent. - Doreen Hunter, Co-founder of the Americas Conference to End Coercive Control (​)

Women's Safety NSW Media Release:

Learn more about the Family Court Reform Project at​ Source: NSW Select Committee into Coercive Control, February 2021 (with permission)