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Don’t let your concern become regret

Jun 2015

An average of 24 deaths each year in Queensland is due to domestic and family violence, latest figures show.

To raise awareness of domestic violence, advocacy group DVConnect have joined forces with the Queensland Government to help people access information and support through the Trust your instinct campaign.

Trust your instinct aims to prevent domestic and family violence and elder abuse by encouraging friends, family, neighbours and colleagues who suspect abuse to act.

The site has information on:

  • Helping yourself in a domestic violence situation
  • Helping others experiencing violence
  • Helping someone who is using violence
  • Links to helpful organisations including the state wide domestic violence phone services.

The RTA provides information to tenants living in a vulnerable situation or agents and owners who need help to deal with a situation in their rental home.

RTA CEO Darren Barlow said the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act) contained protections for domestic violence situations including provisions to end a tenancy early, or removing the person who has committed the domestic violence from the tenancy agreement.

"The Act helps to protect people who rent a premises from the person who is violent – regardless of whether they are a tenant named on the tenancy agreement or not," Mr Barlow said.

"This includes a spouse, de facto, a dating partner, a family member or an informal carer."

An application to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) can be made in what's known as an 'urgent' application.

The application allows the person to:

  • Be recognised as the tenant
  • Remove the name of the person that has committed an act of domestic violence from the agreement
  • Restrain the person who has committed violence from causing further damage or injury
  • Terminate the agreement.

People wanting more information about tenancy legislation and domestic violence should contact the RTA on 1300 366 311.

Be informed about domestic violence by visiting the Trust your instinct website.