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All Governments recognised in the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 20102022 that emotional, psychological and financial abuse are all types of domestic violence, as is controlling a partner through fear, coercion or intimidation.

The issue of coercive control has gained increased attention and awareness and National Cabinet’s work on women’s safety recognises that all governments have responsibility for these important issues.

Addressing coercive control raises complex legal and policy questions, upon which a national approach would be beneficial to minimise inconsistencies and enable national synergies and clear messages.

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It has taken too many years to understand the varying forms of domestic abuse.  We can only hope that a deep comprehensive discussion begins with all levels – from Government, law enforcement, judges and the aggrieved and their children.  This is not just a conversation for psychologists, researchers and intellectuals.  This is a conversation for the masses, the women and children (and sometimes men) who have suffered the many forms of abuse by another human being.  This is a conversation that deals with human rights.

The Equanimity Project

Human rights recognise the inherent value of each person, regardless of background, where we live, what we look like, what we think or what we believe. They are based on principles of dignity, equality and mutual respect, which are shared across cultures, religions and philosophies.

They are about being treated fairly, treating others fairly and having the ability to make genuine choices in our daily lives.

Respect for human rights is the cornerstone of strong communities in which everyone can make a contribution and feel included.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights