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Western Sydney MRC’s Submission to improve the Crimes Legislation (Coercive Control)


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Amendment (Coercive Control) Bill 2022
Prepared and submitted by: Mary Hilmi

Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre (Western Sydney MRC) is a community-based non-profit organisation established to relieve the situation of people and communities actively and directly from diverse backgrounds whose social condition finds them disadvantaged. We aim to promote the principles of access and equity for diverse communities and identify and promote disadvantaged groups’ needs to ensure that no one is left behind. Underpinning our principles are the core values of Human Rights.

The organisation has been at the centre of diverse communities in Liverpool and surrounding LGAs for the past 42 years.

According to the 2021 census data, New South Wales (NSW) has a diverse population with 34.6% born overseas, and specifically in Liverpool, nearly half the population is born overseas at 48.8%.

Working closely with individuals and families, especially in multicultural communities, has made us sensitive to how policies and practices are framed, often overlooking diverse worldviews. We welcome the opportunity to provide feedback on the government’s exposure draft Crimes Legislation Amendment (Coercive Control) Bill 2022.

In this submission, we want to examine the proposed bill through the lens of diverse communities’ values, beliefs, and cultures. This submission will first provide a brief background to familial makeup of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities in relation to Family and Domestic Violence, followed by the current laws in the family and domestic violence space. With this context, we identify gaps in the proposed Coercive Control Draft Bill 2022 providing several real-world examples. Finally, we propose recommendations to improve the bill to reflect the everyday experiences of coercion in CALD communities.

About Western Sydney MRC

About Western Sydney MRC Western Sydney MRC is a not-for-profit organisation and community advocate supporting newly-arrived individuals and diverse emerging and established communities to settle in Australia. We work with people who experience vulnerability, including individuals from a refugee background, those seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, assisting in building capacity to live empowered, informed and connected lives.

Media Enquiries

Media enquiries can be directed to:
Rachel Haywood,
Marketing and Communications Manager,
Contact 0456 222 080
Email: rachel@wsmrc.org.au

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