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Domestic Violence How to get a protection order My Safety Plan Against Domestic Violence Intimate Relationship Questionnaire Gender Based Violence Command Centre 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
  • stalking
  • 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.


Follow this link to view the Act & Regulations (Afr) pdf

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.

Pamphlets & Other documents:

Contact details:
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