The NSW parliament has recently passed a new bill with minimal amendments to amend the Crimes Act 1900 and Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007, criminalising act of coercive control in the context of intimate relationships including such acts directed towards former partners.
Under the new laws, actions such as intimidation, derogatory taunts, damaging or destroying property, causing death or injury to a family pet, denying financial autonomy, withholding financial support, or using technology or other means to unreasonably monitor or track the other person’s activities, communications, or movement can all be categorised as coercive control and perpetrators who are found guilty of these offences can expect a sentence of up to seven years.
It is expected that coercive control laws will have an impact on family law matters especially in parenting cases where domestic violence is alleged. It is therefore important to speak to an experience lawyer when experiencing such matters so as to assure the best possible outcome and to best protect your children.
*Disclaimer: This is intended as general information only and not to be construed as legal advice. The above information is subject to changes over time. You should always seek professional advice before taking any course of action.*
Special Counsel | Accredited Family Law Specialist NSW
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