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Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012

Domestic and family violence occurs when one person in an intimate personal, family or informal care relationship uses violence or abuse to maintain power and control over the other person.

Broadly, under Queensland law, it includes behaviour that is physically, sexually, emotionally, psychologically or economically abusive, threatening, coercive or aimed at controlling or dominating another person through fear.

The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (the Act) aims to provide safety and protection for people in relevant relationships who are victims of domestic and family violence.

In October 2016, the Queensland Parliament passed a range of amendments to the Act to better protect victims of domestic and family violence and their families, hold perpetrators to account for their actions and support the delivery of integrated service responses.

National Domestic Violence Order (DVO) Scheme

Since 25 November 2017, each state and territory has laws to improve the protection of domestic and family violence victims.

DVOs issues in one state or territory will apply and be enforceable in all states and territories in Australia.

Seeking protection through a DVO

The Act provides protection to those people experiencing domestic and family violence by empowering police to take action to protect a person from domestic violence and by enabling a court to make a DVO.

DVOs aim to prevent domestic and family violence occurring within a relevant relationship by restricting the behaviour of the person committing the abuse.

Find out how to get protection from domestic violence, including how to apply for a DVO.

Perpetrator intervention

The Act is administered under the principle that people who commit domestic and family violence should be held accountable for their use of violence and, if possible, provided with an opportunity to change.

To support this principle, the Act includes provision for the court to make an intervention order for the respondent (perpetrator) when a DVO is being made or varied.

This intervention order will require the respondent to attend an approved provider for assessment of their suitability to participate in an approved intervention program and/or counselling.

Specific information about intervention orders can be found in sections 68 to 75 of the Act.

Approved providers and intervention programs

The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (the Act) is administered under the principle that people who commit domestic and family violence should be held accountable for their use of violence and, if possible, provided with an opportunity to change.

To support this principle, the Act includes provision for the court to make an intervention order for the respondent (perpetrator) when a domestic violence order is being made or varied. This intervention order will require the respondent to attend an approved provider for assessment of their suitability to participate in an approved intervention program and/or counselling.

Specific information about intervention orders can be found in sections 68-75 of the Act. Browse the list of approved providers and intervention programs (PDF, 688 KB) list of approved providers and intervention programs (DOC, 79 KB).

Where to get help

If you need urgent help, call the police on 000.

If you need housing in a women's refuge, call 1800 811 811.

For counselling, information and referrals call:

  • DV Connect Womensline on 1800 811 811 (24 hours, 7 days)
  • DV Connect Mensline on 1800 600 636 (9am to midnight, 7 days).