Is it illegal to threaten someone?


Is it illegal to threaten someone in Australia?

Firstly, if you have been threatened, contact the police, there is help available.

It is illegal in all parts of Australia to threaten someone. Whether verbal or written, it’s all the same. Section 31 of the Crimes Act makes it an offence, punishable by a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, to intentionally or recklessly send or deliver a document threatening to kill or inflict serious bodily harm on any person.

Threatening behaviour is not tolerated by society or police, please report anyone who acts in a threatening manner to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

Generally speaking, Is it illegal to threaten someone?

  • United States Of America: Yes
  • Canada: Yes
  • Australia: Yes
  • New Zealand: Yes
  • United Kingdom: Yes
  • Scotland: Yes
  • Ireland: Yes
  • Germany: Yes
  • France: Yes
  • Italy: Yes
  • Sweden: Yes
  • Norway: Yes
  • Denmark: Yes

For further details, read on.

Threatening someone is illegal in;

  • Queensland
  • New South Wales
  • Victoria
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Tasmania
  • South Australia
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory

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