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Apply for a Domestic Violence protection order

What is domestic violence?

According to the Domestic Violence Act No. 116 of 1998 it is:

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:

Who can apply for a protection order?

The following persons can apply with the written consent of the complainant, unless the complainant is a minor, a mentally retarded person, unconscious or if the court is satisfied that he or she is unable to give the required consent:

Steps to follow

Legal framework

Domestic Violence Act, 1998 (Act 116 of 1998) and related regulations (available on this page: http://www.justice.gov.za/legislation/acts/acts_full.html) and the National Instructions (SAPS).

Service standard

Cost

The service is free.

Forms to complete

All forms relating to Domestic Violence are available on this page: http://www.justice.gov.za/forms/form_dva.htm

Contact details

Department of Justice – Chief Directorate: Promotion of the Rights of Vulnerable Groups
Province: Gauteng
City/town: Pretoria
Tel: 012- 315 1458
Fax: 012 –315 1851
Physical address: Department of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Directorate: Child Justice and Family Law, Momentum Building, 329 Pretorius Street, Pretoria, 0001
Postal address: Private Bag X81, Pretoria, 0001
Web address: www.justice.gov.za

Department of Justice – Directorate: Gender Issues
Province: Gauteng
City/town: Pretoria
Tel: 012 315 1670
Fax: 012 315 1960
Physical address: Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Gender Issues, Momentum Building, 329 Pretorius Street, Pretoria, 0001
Postal address: Private Bag X81, Pretoria, 0001
Web address: www.justice.gov.za

Contact details for Magistrate Courts (Lower Courts): http://www.justice.gov.za/contact/lowercourts_full.html

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Updated: 2011/07/06