Government’s Response to Recent Surge in Domestic Violence in Queensland

With more than a quarter of the country’s Domestic Violence related deaths occurring in Queensland in 2016, the Special Taskforce appointed by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Family Violence have responded by introducing  a number of changes to Domestic Violence legislation.

One of the major changes has seen the minimum term of Domestic Violence Orders increasing from 2 years to 5 years.

In serious matters where the perpetrator of Domestic Violence is detained in custody, it is now mandatory for victims to be placed on alert when the perpetrator both applies for and is released on bail.

Domestic Violence Orders

If you are experiencing physical, emotional or psychological abuse in a domestic or family relationship, or you fear for the safety of someone else such as a child or parent as a result of that relationship, you can apply for a Domestic Violence Order.

If granted by a Magistrate, this Order will place various limitations on the perpetrator of the Domestic Violence to the effect that they must be of good behavior towards you and anyone else named in the Order. Once an Order has been made, it is a criminal offence to breach the Order.

Domestic Violence can be a difficult topic to discuss. If you are suffering from Domestic Violence or have had an allegation of Domestic Violence made against you, discuss your concerns with  the McLaughlins Family Law team. We will provide you with expert advice in a neutral, stress-free environment.

Author: Shona Sahay

Director: Sophie Pearson

Date: 28/06/2017