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What is a Relevant Relationship?

To make a Protection Order or a Domestic Violence Order, the court must be satisfied that the people involved are in a ‘relevant relationship’.

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If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, please call 000.

What is a ‘Relevant Relationship’ in Queensland?

In Queensland, Protection Orders are made in accordance with the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012.For the purposes of the legislation, a ‘relevant relationship’ will fall into one of three categories:

  • Intimate Personal Relationships
  • Informal Care Relationships
  • Family Relationships.

3 Types of Relevant Relationship in Queensland

Intimate Personal Relationships

Informal Care Relationships

Family Relationships

Typically includes:
  • a spousal relationship
  • an engagement relationship
  • a couple relationship
  • those dependent on another person for day-to-day life
  • those connected in a family setting by blood or marriage
What may prove this type of relationship:
  • previous/current engagement or marital status
  • the length of a relationship
  • the frequency of contact
  • the degree of trust and dependence on one another
  • the degree of intimacy between parties
  • someone preparing meals for another person
  • doing shopping for another person
  • helping a person get dressed
  • parent/child relationships
  • people whose relatives might extend beyond immediate family, such as with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities, members of certain non-English speaking communities, or people with particular religious beliefs.


What is a ‘Domestic Relationship’?

This might refer to those in an Intimate Personal Relationship, who are in a relationship together. In this case, they might be able to prove to the Courts that they were in a Relevant Relationship.

For more advice about whether your relationship can lead to Protection Orders, chat to the friendly, experienced team at Damien Greer Lawyers.

Contact us to learn more about Relevant Relationships

If you can’t establish that you’re in a ‘Relevant Relationship’, you won’t be able to apply for a Domestic Violence Order. However, that doesn’t mean you’re out of options.

There may be other protection solutions available for you. To explore your options, chat to the friendly family law experts at Damien Greer Lawyers.

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