Submission on the National Principles to Address Coercive Control

Every Australian has the right to live safely and free from harm. In this submission, Anglicare Australia focused on the need to strengthen the broader support system so that women and children can leave abusive situations and heal. This means ensuring that support services are adequately resourced, raising social security payments above the poverty line, closing the gender pay gap, building women’s financial security, and having a strong approach to perpetrator accountability. Anglicare Australia also calls for the Government to draw more heavily on international data and evidence to understand the effectiveness of different methods to tackle coercive control, and to recognise, plan for and address the consequences of criminalising coercive control.