The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2021 allows a court to make a domestic violence order to provide protection against further domestic violence and imposes consequences for a contravention of the order.
What is Domestic Violence?
“Domestic Violence” means behaviour by a person (the first person) towards another person (the second person) with whom the first person is in a relevant relationship that:
(a) Is physically or sexually abusive; or
(b) Is emotionally or psychologically abusive; or
(c) Is economically abusive; or
(d) Is threatening; or
(e) Is coercive; or
(f) In any other way controls or dominates the second person and causes the second person to fear for the second person’s safety or wellbeing or that of someone else.
It also includes the following behaviour:
(a) Causing personal injury to a person or threatening to do so;
(b) Coercing a person to engage in sexual activity or attempting to do so;
(c) Damaging a person’s property or threatening to do so;
(d) Depriving a person of the person’s liberty or threatening to do so;
(e) Threatening a person with the death or injury of the person, a child of the person or someone else;
(f) Threatening to commit suicide or self-harm so as to torment, intimidate or frighten the person to whom the behaviour is directed;
(g) Causing or threatening to cause the death of, or injury to, an animal, whether or not the animal belongs to the person to whom the behaviour is directed, so as to control, dominate or coerce the person;
(h) Unauthorised surveillance of a person; or
(i) Unlawfully stalking a person
A prerequisite to the making of a domestic violence order is that a relevant relationship exists between the aggrieved and the respondent.
A relevant relationship is:
(a) An intimate personal relationship; or
(b) A family relationship; or
(c) An informal care relationship.