Last updated 27 August 2018

The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (Qld) (DFVP Act) has objects and principles to guide its administration and to provide a framework for service providers and courts. The main objects of this Act are to:

  • maximise the safety, protection and wellbeing of people, including children (s 4), who fear or experience domestic violence, and to minimise disruption to their lives
  • prevent or reduce domestic violence and the exposure of children to domestic violence
  • ensure that people who commit domestic violence are held accountable for their actions (s 3).

The DFVP Act aims to identify and protect the person who is most in need of protection in a relationship while taking into consideration vulnerabilities of particular groups (ss 4(2)(c)-(d)).

Some terms

  • A person applying for an order is an ‘aggrieved’.
  • A person responding to an order is a ‘respondent’.
  • A domestic violence order can be a protection order (which lasts for up to two years or sometimes longer) or a temporary protection order (a temporary order made while the court decides whether to make a final protection order).