Put your guards up: Getting a protection order

Put your guards up: Getting a protection order

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Get a protection order

A protection order also called a restraining order or domestic violence interdict, is a court order that tells an abuser to stop the abuse and sets certain conditions preventing the abuser from harassing or abusing the victim again.

In order to be granted a protection order, individuals may apply at the Magistrate’s Court nearest to their residence or workplace. This application process is accessible at any time, including during and outside regular court hours, as well as on public holidays or weekends.

Steps to obtain a protection order:

• Apply for the Interim Protection Order by completing the necessary application forms, available from the clerk of the court.
• The application must be submitted in the form of an affidavit, providing specific and detailed information regarding the incidents.
• Upon receiving the completed form, the clerk will give the application to the magistrate, who will then schedule a court date for the applicant to return for consideration of the protection order.
• The magistrate will also issue a notice to inform the alleged abuser about the protection order and the date they are required to appear in court.

Victims of domestic violence can receive support services such as counseling, which can empower and support them throughout the process of obtaining a protection order.

To ensure that your side of the story is presented accurately to the court and that the order becomes final, it is crucial to prepare a proper affidavit and have a domestic violence lawyer to represent you.


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