The Liberal National Party has promised that if it wins the upcoming Queensland election it will introduce a “standalone” domestic violence offence for non-violent offenders who had shown a pattern of psychologically controlling behaviour.
The new offence would also prohibit emotional and financial abuse.
The Queensland offence would be modelled on the English offence of “controlling or coercive behaviour”.
A similar law is also being considered by the Scottish parliament.
However, not all key players in the Australian criminal justice system favour following their lead.