Domestic violence laws passed in Queensland to make strangulation separate offence
Laws have been passed that make non-fatal choking, suffocation and strangulation a new, separate offence in Queensland in a bi-partisan move to reduce domestic violence.
State Parliament on Tuesday night passed the changes, which could see offenders jailed for seven years.
"The new offence reflects that this sort of violence is not only inherently dangerous, but is predictive of an escalation in domestic violence offending, including homicide," Attorney General Yvette D'Ath said.
"The new offence acknowledges the importance in identifying this conduct to assist law enforcement and related agencies in assessing risks to victims and increasing protections for them."
The new offence was one of the recommendations of the Special Taskforce on Domestic Violence report Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic Violence in Queensland.
Mrs D'Ath said the Palaszczuk Government also passed amendments to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 to make domestic violence an aggravating factor on sentence.
"This will require judicial officers to consider the context in which domestic violence offences occur, and in doing so, consider imposing a higher sentence that is within the usual range but not above the maximum penalty," Mrs D'Ath said