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Calls grow to criminalise coercive control in Australia

One woman a week is killed as a result of violence from a current or former partner in Australia. Source: Getty Images/ Antonio Guillem

Anti-domestic violence campaigners are calling for criminalising controlling behaviours that often prove key precursors to physical violence in a relationship. But, multicultural support workers say gaps in legislation and services are failing migrant victims on temporary visas as many feel trapped in abusive relationships due to cultural barriers, but also a lack of immigration pathways and gaps in support services.

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