Coercive control: 'My patients are living in fear'

Dr Sumeena Qidwai wants coercive control by perpetrators of domestic abuse to be made a criminal offence

Emotional wounds aren’t as easy to spot as a fresh cut or bruise. 

Dr Sumeena Qidwai.

But once or twice a month, Dr Sumeena Qidwai will come across a red flag that alerts her to potential domestic abuse in the form of coercive control.

“That’s when I would gently ask a woman about her partner’s control over, maybe, finances or who she sees,” says the GP, who practises in Sydney’s inner