What is Domestic Violence?
According to the Domestic Violence Act No. 116 of 1998 it is:
- any form of abuse which includes physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or economic harassment
- damage to property
- entry into a person's property without their consent
- any other abusive or controlling behaviour where such a conduct causes harm or may cause harm to your health, safety, or well being
If these forms of abuse are happening to you or to anyone you know, you can apply for a protection order. A domestic violence protection order is a document issued by the court which prevents the abuser from:
- committing an act of domestic violence
- enlisting the help of another person to commit any such act
- entering a residence shared by the complainant and the respondent
- entering a specified part of such a shared residence
- entering the complainant’s residence
- entering the complainant’s place of employment
- preventing the complainant who ordinarily lives or lived in a shared residence from entering or remaining in the shared residence or a specified part of the shared residence or
- committing any other act as specified in the protection order.
- Application for a Domestic Violence Protection Order
- Application for the variation or setting aside of a Protection Order
- Making an affidavit regarding the contravention of a Protection Order
- Request a further warrant for arrest of a domestic violence respondent
Follow this link to view all the relevant domestic violence forms
Gender Based Violence Command Centre
The Centre employs 48 Social Work Agents, 8 Social Work Supervisors, 4 Quality Assurers and 1 Centre Manager, to operate and offer services to victims of Gender Based Violence.
As support to the GBVCC telephonic trauma counselling, the Department of Social Development has conceived and launched a National Emergency Response Team (NERT) to pilot a national rapid response approach to provision of psychosocial services following incidents of trauma. Provincial DSD takes over after the initial three-day rapid response.
- Risk Assessment Tool for victims of Domestic Violence. This is primarily for use by victims of intimate partner violence. It is intended to assist them to assess the potential risk/harm they face by remaining in contact with their abusers. It is a tool that seeks to empower these victims to make informed decisions on whether or not to exit a domestic/intimate relationship as a means to protect themselves from future abuse/harm which may potentially lead to a domestic homicide or death if unattended. (2018)
- Intimate Relationship Questionnaire (2016)
Summary of the Domestic Violence Act, 1998 & Application Form for a Protection Order.
- My Safety Plan Against Domestic Violence (2014)
A safety plan helps me to identify action steps that I must take in order to increase my safety and that of my family against domestic violence.
- Stop to Domestic Violence, What you need to know (2016)
- Put a stop to Domestic Violence, What you need to know (2012)
- Guidelines for the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act for the Magistrates (2008)
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Are you a victim of Domestic Violence?, Aug 2014
Database on Shelters for Abused Women
Chief Directorate: Promotion of the Rights of Vulnerable Groups
Tel No: 012 315 1458
Directorate: Gender Issues
Tel: 012 315 1670
Fax: 012 315 1960