Greens welcome the adoption by the Senate of the bill initiated by Senator Vincent P. Martin to protect victims of coercive control. This cross-party Bill titled “Domestic Violence (Amendment) (No. 2) 2024” has successfully passed the second stage. This Bill proposes to extend to victims of coercive control the same protection when they appear in court that applies under section 34 of the Domestic Violence Act 2018 to people who appear in court for a breach of security, interdict and other orders under the Domestic Violence Act 2018.

Currently, people who appear in court to testify as potential victims of coercive control are treated differently. Indeed, the restrictions on who can be present in courtrooms do not apply to legal proceedings concerning the crime of coercive control, nor does the ban on publication or broadcasting apply.

“The purpose of this legislative proposal is to protect the right to privacy of a victim of coercive control. The proposal provides for a sort of “closed door” rule for cases of coercive control, as applies already in the operation of family law proceedings. The Bill is passed and will hopefully prevent some victims of coercive control from being deterred from seeking protection from the courts,” said Senator Martin.

Billy Omeonga

Billy Omeonga graduated in Journalism and Creative Writing. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I am currently pursuing an MBA at the University of the People in the United States of America. I love activities that involve ideas and critical thinking. I am passionate about nature and protecting the environment. I believe in protecting our planet and its natural resources. I hate dishonest and pessimistic people. Honesty is an integral part of my view of the world and it is a value in which I strongly believe. I speak French and English fluently. In my free time, I like to read and play the piano. Also, I disapprove of the unreliability. I am a reliable person, so I expect a certain level of reliability from those I am reliable to.

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