Empower yourself and others by learning about what domestic violence is and how to apply for a protection order.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence refers to different forms of abuse such as:
- Damage to Property;
- Abusive or Controlling Behaviour;
- Physical, Emotional and Economic Harm; or
- Intruding on Property with the Intention of Causing Harm.
How to apply for a protection order:
- Go to your local Magistrate Court as soon as possible, even its outside of Court hours, on weekends or on public holidays;
- Apply for a protection order by completing the relevant forms. The Clerk of the Court will help you with this process;
- Organise for the Sheriff of the Court to serve the "temporary" protection order on the alleged wrongdoer;
- On service of the Order, the alleged wrongdoer will be restrained from contacting and/or harassing you (as outline in the order); and
- On a date determined by the Clerk of the Court, you and the alleged wrongdoer will have to go to Court (before a Magistrate or Judge) to motivate why the Order should, or should not, be made final.
IMPORTANT: If the wrongdoer does not comply with the temporary, or final, protection order, they can be arrested by the SAPS.