Minister Josh Teague said $1 million has been allocated to the Women’s Safety Service SA (WSSSA) and the Legal Services Commission (LSC) to better support victims of domestic violence, with a particular focus on those experiencing abuse. coercive control.
“Coercive control is a particularly insidious form of abuse where an abuser seeks to gain control over certain aspects of their victim’s life, such as controlling their finances or trying to isolate them from friends or family,” said said Minister Teague.
“It can often fly under the radar because it’s not always overt and doesn’t always involve violence.
“These new programs will help those who experience coercive control and raise awareness in the community by helping to reduce the incidence of such abuse.”
Minister Teague said the LSC had received two-year funding to launch a community outreach campaign, help connect clients at risk of this abuse to health and welfare services and dedicate additional resources applications for intervention orders.
“Coercive control is insidious and escalating,” said Legal Services Commission Director Gabrielle Canny.
“For almost 30 years we have provided specialist legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and in recent years we have seen a significant increase in cases involving coercive control.
“Perpetrators often use technology to assert this control – but free legal assistance is available to help end this abuse and empower women to break free from this controlling and destructive behavior.”
WSSSA has also secured funding to help identify clients who may be victims of coercive control and provide information and assistance, including referrals to other support services, through the Crisis Line. against domestic violence available 24/7.
“Shining the light on the impact of coercive control and patterns of controlling behavior is critical and we welcome resources to support this campaign to support women and children experiencing DFV,” said the Executive Director of the WSSSA, Maria Hagias.
“These are programs that can help victims of domestic violence find the supports they need while enabling them to leave abusive relationships.”