In accordance with the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (Qld), domestic violence is the behaviour by a person (the first person) towards another person (the second person), with whom the first person is in a relevant relationship that: is physically or sexually abusive; is emotionally or psychologically abusive; is economically abusive; is threatening; is coercive or in any other way controls or dominates the second person and causes the second person to fear for the second person’s safety or well-being or that of someone else.


The University of Queensland recognises that domestic and family violence may have an impact beyond an individual’s personal life, and may affect an individual both directly and indirectly in the workplace over a prolonged period of time. The University is committed to providing support to staff in these circumstances and staff affected by domestic violence may apply for leave under Special Paid or Unpaid Leave.