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Senior: 11 & 12: Unit 3: Law Reform - Domestic Violence

Unit 3: Law Reform - Domestic Violence

QLD Laws - Domestic and Family Violence

                                                                        Source: The Guardian, 10 January 2024

QLD Courts: What is a domestic violence order?

Legal Aid QLD: How do I get a domestic violence protection order?

Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012

Australian Law Reform Commission: Penalties and sentencing for breach of protection orders

Australian Government Law Sites

ComLaw has the most complete and up-to-date collection of Commonwealth legislation and includes notices from the Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette from 1 October 2012.

Australian Law Reform Commission
This opens to the Publications tab. Also try the Media and News tab.

Australian Institute of Criminology
The Australian Institute of Criminology is Australia's centre on crime and justice. You can search here for resources and statistics on your topic.


Parliament of Australia: Key Internet Links on the Law


Stakeholder Viewpoints

Police: (2022): What Queensland Police officers said about DV victims

SBS (2022): Risk of Indigenous domestic violence victims being turned away

The Guardian (2022): Fewer than 20% of alleged breaches of Queensland domestic violence orders result in charges

QLD Police (2023): Domestic and Family Violence Strategy 2023-2025 

QLD Police (2024): Reform activities in response to DFV and sexual violence

ABC News (2024): Domestic violence homicides in Queensland up 50 pc as police commit to extra specialist officers

The Guardian (2024): Queensland police to be granted power to instantly issue year-long domestic violence protection orders


Potts Lawyers (2020): Bill Potts Comments On Domestic Violence Laws Six Months After Horrific Murders

Brisbane Times (2022): Delays and no-shows at Queensland’s specialist domestic violence court

Department of Justice and Attorney-General (2023): Legislative changes

Courier Mail (2023): Magistrates ‘need more training’ on coercive control

Courier Mail (2024): Magistrate Michael Wood sets tone against perpetrators of domestic violence

Victims and families:

The Guardian (2022): How two cases shocked Queensland into action on domestic violence

Courier Mail (2023): Even when jail sentences are imposed, offenders can still walk free

Women's Agenda (2024): Police said [victim] was 'cop-shopping'


The Guardian (2024): Man with black belt argues chokehold is not strangulation under Queensland domestic violence laws

Murray Torcetti Lawyers: Breaching a Domestic Violence Order

Advocacy groups:

Public Joint Open Letter to the Women's Safety Minister (2021)

Salvation Army: Domestic and Family Violence

Brisbane Times (2020): 84 domestic violence orders broken every day in Queensland

Writing Template for Inquiry Report

Zotero - Online Referencing Tool

Zotero can be set to the same Harvard AGPS (Australia) style that CiteAce uses, called 'Melbourne Polytechnic - Harvard'. Please read the instructions carefully.

Any issues - see your Library Staff

ONESearch Database Explorer

The ENTIRE collection of resources provided by the BBC Birtles Library can be searched on ONE single, powerful search platform, which retrieves print books, eBooks, database articles and websites. Click HERE for assistance.

Useful databases

Legal Databases

AUSTLII - Australian Legal Information Institute. Probably the most valuable Internet site for legal research in Australia. It publishes public legal information, and includes primary legal materials (legislation, treaties, and decisions of courts and tribunals); and secondary legal materials created by public bodies for purposes of public access (law reform and royal commission reports, for example).

 JADE - a free database of Australian legal judgements


Legal Websites

Lexscripta Legal Search Engines: Essential Web Links for Queensland Lawyers
Specialised legal search engine for independent research. An excellent Queensland site developed and maintained by Anthony Morris QC. Go to Legal Research link on the left hand border to begin your search. Notice the variety of options.

National Library of Australia: Australian Law - Selected Websites
Selected websites relating to all aspects of Australia's legal system

ABC: The Law Report
Informative, jargon-free stories about law reform, legal education, test cases, miscarriages of justice and legal culture. Download the audio of the individual story, read the transcript or listen to a podcast of the full program.

University of  Queensland Library - Free Online Resources for Secondary Schools: Legal Studies
Links to free resources for secondary school students including websites, databases and ebooks, provided by the UQL Cyberschool

University of Queensland Library - Legal Research Guide
Links to resources relating to the law. Some resources are available to all; some resources will be restricted to UQ students only.

QUT Library - Legislation Research (Australia)
Links to research for legislation. Some resources will be restricted to QUT students only.

Find Legal Answers - Information About the Law in NSW
State Library of NSW Legal Studies Research Guide. Useful for Commonwealth Government information.\

FindLaw Australia
Articles and News sections are particularly useful.