POLICE warn people to be careful when approaching such people in case they are carrying a weapon and advise them to contact the police first before taking any action
What are your options if you are being abused? You have the right to –
Apply for a protection order at the nearest police station or magistrates’ court;
Lay a criminal charge at the police station, as well as apply for a protection order.
What is a protection order?
It is an order issued by a court at your request, ordering a person with whom you have or had a domestic relationship, to stop the abuse and may also prevent the person from getting help from any other person to commit such acts. An interim protection order can also be issued, day or night, to protect you from danger.
Who may apply for an order?
Any victim of domestic violence
Children, and if they are too young, the parent or guardian, as well as any person on behalf of someone they are responsible for, but with their permission
A police official.
Have a crisis plan already
* Identify places where you can quickly and easily use a phone.
* Always carry a list of emergency numbers.
* Make sure that the people you usually visit, are in possession of a copy of the protection order and/or warrant of arrest.
* Put some money in a safe place so that you can take a taxi or bus in case of an emergency.
* Have an extra set of keys for the house or car.
* If possible, have a set of clothes for yourself (and your children) packed in a bag, and keep it in a safe place (for example, at the neighbour’s). If you are planning to leave, leave when your partner is not around, and take your children with you.
* Make sure that you are in possession of essential documents like IDs, your medical aid card, and your savings/credit card etc.
Who can I contact?
Contact your local police station or any of the following organisations:
SAPS Crime Stop 08600 10111
Women Abuse Helpline 0800 150 150
Childline 0800 055 555
National network on violence against women: KZN (031) 304 6928 Fax: 304-6928