Last updated 12 September 2018

An act of violence is a crime (or series of related crimes), and an act of violence is domestic violence (or a series of related acts of domestic violence) where the act has been committed by one or more persons in Queensland, and it has directly resulted in the death of, or injury to, one or more persons, irrespective of where the death or injury happened (s 25 Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009 (Qld) (VOCA Act)).

Acts of violence may include:

    • assault, grievous bodily harm
    • sexual assault, rape, incest and indecent treatment of children
    • robbery, burglary with violence
    • stalking, kidnapping, deprivation of liberty
    • murder, attempted murder and manslaughter
    • dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death or grievous bodily harm
    • domestic and family violence such as:
      • physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and economic abuse
      • threatening, coercive controlling behaviour
      • damaging a person’s property or threatening to do so
      • depriving a person of liberty or threatening to do so
      • threatening a person with the 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
      • causing or threatening to cause the death or injury to an animal, to control, dominate or coerce the person
      • unauthorised surveillance of a person or arranging someone else to do any of these things.

A series of crimes or acts of domestic violence may be considered related if they:

    • are committed against the same person and:
      • are committed at about the same time or
      • are committed over a period of time by the same person or group or
      • share another common factor or
    • all contribute to the death of or injury to a person or
    • are related in some way having regard to the circumstances of the crime (s 25B VOCA Act).

A series of related crimes or a series of related acts of domestic and family violence is taken to be a single act of violence. Assistance can only be granted for the single act of violence (s 25B(5)(a)–(b) VOCA Act).