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Communtity Law Manual | Harassment & bullying | Threatening violence or damage

Going to the police: When the criminal law can help with harassment

Threatening violence or damage

Threatening to kill or injure you

Crimes Act 1961, s 306

It’s a criminal offence for someone to threaten to kill you or threaten to seriously injure you (cause you “grievous bodily harm”), or to send you a letter, text, email or other written material containing this kind of threat. The person can be jailed for up to seven years for this.

Intimidating you through threatening injury or property damage

Summary Offences Act 1981, s 21

It’s a criminal offence for someone to threaten to injure you or damage your property, if they intended to frighten or intimidate you or knew that these were the kind of threats likely to frighten or intimidate any reasonable person.

For this a person can be jailed for up to three months or fined up to $2,000.

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