The Attorney-General's Department has released a discussion paper exploring the measures needed to support the implementation of a criminal offence of coercive control, should it be introduced in South Australia.

Discussion paper - Implementation considerations should coercive control be introduced in South Australia  (PDF, 1.1 MB)

What is coercive control?

Coercive control is an underreported type of domestic violence where an abuser seeks to control a victim's behaviour.

It can include:

  • attempting to isolate someone from their friends and family
  • controlling their finances
  • monitoring what they say, what they wear and even what they eat or when they sleep.

Coercive control is not currently a standalone offence in South Australia. This discussion paper explores what implementation processes would be needed, should there be a move to criminalise coercive control in the future.

Have your say

The consultation period has now closed.

During September and October 2021, consultation on a proposed South Australian offence of coercive control was conducted.

There were 173 respondents to a public survey and more detailed submissions received from 31 individuals and organisations.

The feedback noted the importance of the implementation process with suggestions including:

  • training for enforcement agencies to identify, charge and prosecute coercive control
  • a public awareness campaign
  • wrap-around support services for victims
  • a focus on regional and remote victims, Aboriginal communities and migrant communities.

Additional background information about the 2021 community consultation can be found on YourSAy.