DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN QUEENSLAND

 

What is Domestic Violence

 

Domestic violence includes:

  • Physical abuse such as pushing, shoving, slapping, hitting, punching, biting or pinching;
  • Threatening to hurt you, your relatives, friends or work colleagues in some way;
  • Damaging property such as furniture, the house or pets in order to frighten and intimidate you;
  • Forcing you to have sex or take part in sexual acts when you do not want to;
  • Depriving you of the necessities of life such as food, shelter, medical care and the company of other people such as your family and friends;
  • Demanding that you hand over your money and threatening to stop providing care for you.  This sometimes happens to people with an illness, disability or impairment who rely on another person to care for them.
  • Criticising, humiliating and insulting you;
  • Following you in public, by car or on foot;
  • Staying outside your house or workplace;
  • Repeatedly telephoning your home or workplace without your consent; or
  • Doing similar things which upset you and make you fear for your safety.

The definition of domestic violence is wider under the changes to the legislation to take effect from 17 September 2012. 

The person committing the domestic violence does not have to personally commit the act or threaten to commit it. 

If they counsel or procure someone else to commit an act of domestic violence that, if it was done by the person themselves, would be an act of associated domestic violence, then they are taken to have committed the act.

 

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