Countering Terror: Terrorism Laws, Domestic Violence & the Australian Context


  • Brendan Walker-Munro The University of Queensland
  • Catherine Walker-Munro Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast Inc.


Domestic violence is an insidious choice to use fear, force, control, or coercion. It suppresses the capacity and capabilities of its survivors and 2in violent murder and painful death. Yet despite an emerging discourse that describes domestic violence as a form of “domestic”, “intimate” or “everyday” terrorism, there is a distinct lack of scholarly research on the intersection of laws that apply to both types of offending. Further, there is a lack of understanding about the fundamental typologies of counterterror regulation which could be applied to domestically violent offending. This paper seeks to tackle this gap and provoke discussion in the literature by taking a hypothetical approach to treat domestically violent offenders as security risks in the same way as violent extremists and those with connections to foreign terror organisations.

Author Biographies

Brendan Walker-Munro, The University of Queensland

Senior Research Fellow, The University of Queensland.

Catherine Walker-Munro, Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast Inc.

PhD Candidate, Griffith University.