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Practice Paper –  Impact of Coercive Control



Date: Thursday 23 May 2024 from 5.30 PM 

Venue: Cooper Grace Ward:  Level 21, 400 George Street, Brisbane 

Presentation commences at 6.00 PM 

Topic:   Impact of Coercive Control

About this paper:

Coercive control has gained significant attention in recent times.  This practice paper will provide context as to experiences of coercive control and will delve into the background to the current law reform in Queensland including the work of the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce.

It will provide an overview of the legislative changes which will commence in Queensland next year and compare with reforms in other States and Territories in Australia and overseas.  Finally, we will discuss some anticipated challenges and consequences of the legislation’s implementation in Queensland.


Nadia Bromley is the CEO of the Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ).  WLSQ provides free legal and social work support to Queensland women, with their priority helping women who are experiencing domestic and family violence.

She is also a member of the Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board.  Nadia’s experience gives her extensive insight in relation to all issues surrounding coercive control.  Nadia and the WLSQ have been instrumental in the development of laws recently passed in Queensland in relation to criminalising coercive control.

Nadia is focused on legal and social issues affecting women and working with a diverse network of organisations and supporters who are united by a shared belief in protecting the rights of women.  Her work necessarily flows to issues affecting families, children and child protection.


Leanne McDonald from Kennedy Spanner Lawyers has worked as a personal injury lawyer for 20 years.  While practising in all types of injury matters, she has a special interest in claims for survivors of childhood abuse, giving them a voice and guiding them through the relevant process.  Throughout her career she has been driven by social justice issues, including reform of legislation and processes for survivors of abuse across the country.  She represented the family of Annette Mason in their fight to find the truth about her murder as a child 30 years ago and is a passionate advocate for child safety issues.

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