‘Coercive control’ is an umbrella term for a series of abuses that has, until now, gone unpunished in the realms of law. Australia, however, is lagging behind.
Paul is a criminal lawyer with a combination of experience in litigation, policy and academia. He is admitted to practice law both in Australia and in New York (USA), and has worked as senior legal researcher for the now-retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and a prosecutor at the Office of Public Prosecutions in Victoria. At the moment, Paul is a senior legal policy officer at the Sentencing Advisory Council in Victoria, is teaching criminology with Swinburne Online, and is completing his doctoral studies with Deakin University. The focus of his PhD is the criminalisation of behaviours that cause purely psychological injuries, particularly in the context of family violence. Paul has published articles on criminal law, family violence, and the effect of emerging technologies. He has a particular interest in criminalisation theory, sentencing, neurolaw, and the increasing role of psychology in the criminal courtroom.