Last updated 2 August 2016

Domestic violence is behaviour by one person towards another person that is:

  • physically or sexually abusive
  • emotionally or psychologically abusive
  • economically abusive
  • threatening and/or coercive
  • controlling or dominating and causing others to fear for their safety or wellbeing or that of someone else (s 8 Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (Qld) (DFVP Act)).

The DFVP Act provides a non-exhaustive list of examples of behaviour that constitute domestic violence (s 8(2)):

  • causing personal injury to a person or threatening to do so
  • coercing a person to engage in sexual activity or attempting to do so
  • damaging a person’s property or threatening to do so
  • depriving a person of the person’s liberty or threatening to do so
  • threatening a person with death or injury of the person, a child of the person or someone else
  • threatening to commit suicide or self-harm so as to torment, intimidate or frighten the person at whom the behaviour is directed
  • causing or threatening to cause the death of, or injury to, an animal, whether or not the animal belongs to the person at whom the behaviour is directed, so as to control, dominate or coerce the person
  • following (surveillance) of a person without their consent
  • stalking a person.

If a person counsels or procures someone else (e.g. encouraging them to act as their agent) to engage in behaviour that would constitute domestic violence, then the first person will be taken to have committed domestic violence (s 8(3) DFVP Act).