Domestic abuse is not always an incident of violence, there is not always a point of crisis.
It can be silent. A pattern of behaviours used to control, intimidate, create dependency and render victims powerless.
Across Australia, investigations are underway into the impacts of coercive control and whether it should be criminalised, but domestic violence advocates are questioning whether new laws will help or hinder victims without a bruise. Harmony Romsloe reports: