Domestic and family violence is often not visible. Coercive control can lead to isolation, fear and long-term health and economic impacts for those being abused, including children.
The 2022 report by the Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board has found that in a significant proportion of domestic violence deaths, the fatality was the first instance of physical violence. But coercive control is almost always present in an abusive relationship.
Listen as Challenge DV Social Impact Advisor Amy Cook speaks to Spencer Howson on 4BC about how our society’s understanding and response to domestic and family violence has evolved since then, and why education is urgently needed at all levels of society.