If you are the victim of domestic violence in South Africa, you have the right to apply for a restraining order. A restraining order is a legal order issued by a court that requires the abusive person to stay away from you and refrain from certain types of behavior, such as harassment, assault, or communication.
In this blog post, we will outline the steps you need to take in order to get a restraining order in South Africa. We hope that this information will empower you to take action and keep yourself safe from harm.
Getting a Restraining Order in SA
Getting a restraining order in South Africa can be a daunting task, but with the correct information, it can be a relatively easy process.
The first thing you need to do is contact your local police station and ask for a copy of the Domestic Violence Act. This document will give you all of the information you need on what is needed to get a restraining order.
Once you have the Domestic Violence Act, you will need to go to your local courthouse and speak with the clerk of court. They will be able to help guide you through the process and will let you know what forms need to be filled out and what documentation needs to be provided.
Generally, you will need to provide evidence that proves the person you are seeking the order against has harmed you or made threats of harm.
This can include things like police reports, medical records, and witness statements. You will also need to show that there is a real risk of harm if the restraining order is not granted. A judge will then decide whether or not to grant the order.
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