Domestic Violence Revisited; New Laws Redefining Domestic Violence and the Issuance of Protection Orders Come into Force in September, Writes Paula Phelan
NEW laws which will come into force in September 2012 are designed to provide greater protection from domestic violence to Queenslanders.
The main purpose of the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 is the safety and protection of a person within a C[pounds sterling]domestic relationshipC[yen] when violence is a likelihood.
Who can be protected?
The act recognises that there are many different types of relationship that might become the subject of an order to protect one or other of the parties.
The definition of C[pounds sterling]domestic relationshipsC[yen] has been expanded so that more people have access to protection orders.
spouse relationships Co married or de facto couples, divorcees, same-sex couples or parents of a child;
Intimate personal relationships Co engaged couples, people who have dated and whose lives have become enmeshed.
Family relationships Co relatives (including a person who is reasonably regarded as a relative) and the relatives of a de facto partner.
Informal care relationships Co this covers situations where a person provides care on an informal basis and without pay.
What is domestic violence?
The new definition of domestic violence is deliberately broad and has been updated to include a modern understanding of relationship violence. As well as violent or threatening behaviour it also includes an ongoing pattern of abusive behaviour, motivated by a desire to dominate, control, oppress and cause fear to the other person. …