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Expectations for legislative changes as the government announces a compulsory control investigation

Nitiya Reddy, the sister of Pretty Reddy, who was killed in March 2019. credit:Walter Peters

“”[The inquiry] Probably the most optimistic I have felt in tackling domestic violence murder and domestic violence in our state. I think Pretty’s birthday is special. “

“”[Preethie] He was the kind of person who always wanted to make things better-it was always an emotion that everyone around her felt and knew.

“We need a holistic, long-term approach to actually grasping and changing the crisis of gender-based violence, but now women are dying and women and children are at immediate risk. There is no other way to stop it, but to legislate. “

Ms. Reddy also worked with New South Wales Labor Party member Anna Watson to create a legislative bill entitled “The Law of Pretty.” The bill was submitted to Congress in September.

Compulsory control is a form of domestic abuse, in which the perpetrator asserts control and control over someone through a repetitive pattern of abuse. This includes monitoring or monitoring their communications, preventing them from meeting family and friends, and threatening them.

Women’s Safety NSW Hayley Foster CEO welcomed the investigation and said he hoped it would lead to changes in current legislation.

“This not only updates the law to reflect the current understanding of women’s experiences of domestic violence and domestic violence, but also causes significant cultural changes and in that way of the civil and criminal justice system. It’s a breakthrough opportunity to put change into practice. They are responding to domestic and domestic violence. “

She added that the pandemic and subsequent recession made people experiencing domestic violence more vulnerable.

“It’s a really dire situation right now,” she said. “It’s time to consider it. The sooner we tackle these issues, the better.”

Tasmania is Australia’s only jurisdiction and has certain crimes dealing with compulsory and disciplined behavior.

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Mark Speakman, Attorney General and Minister of Domestic Violence Prevention in New South Wales, said criminalizing compulsory controls is complex but valuable.

“The horrifying rates of domestic violent murders in Australia are stubbornly consistent and compulsory, and controlling behavior is a common precursor to the murder of intimate partners,” he said. .. “The effects of this abuse are disgusting, but the proper response to this action is an ongoing challenge for both law enforcement and legal personnel.”

If you or anyone you know is affected by sexual assault or domestic violence, call 1800 RESPECT Please visit 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In case of emergency, call 000. Support is also available on Lifeline (13 11 14) and Beyond Blue (1300 224 636).

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Laura is a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.

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