HEARTLESS thugs who abuse their partners can consider themselves on notice as the State Government gets tough on domestic violence perpetrators.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday said a major change to the criminal code would mean harsher penalties for crimes where the relationship between the perpetrator and victim is an aggravating factor.

The State Government is also considering making non-lethal strangulation a criminal offence.

"My attorney-general will be looking very closely at offences, what we can do to increase penalties to make sure we can try to stamp out domestic violence," Ms Palaszczuk said yesterday.

The government will also roll out more perpetrator intervention programs across the state.

A six-month trial of a specialised domestic and family violence magistrate's court will start next month in Southport.

About $1.1 million will be spent this financial year on expanding the Domestic Violence Duty Lawyer Service across the state.


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