Van Heerdens Attorneys represent victims of domestic violence as well as people facing accusations of domestic violence. The term “domestic violence” applies not only to physical violence but also to other behaviour that can cause someone to feel violated, abused and trapped. Domestic violence can include harassment, stalking and verbal abuse.
When the court issues a protection order, such order will contain certain conditions prohibiting the alleged abuser from committing further acts of domestic violence. A protection order, more commonly known as a restraining order, is a legally enforceable court order that prohibits someone from committing any acts of domestic violence.
Protection orders, in the context of domestic violence, empower victims by legally validating their concerns. While a protection order is ultimately paperwork that must be backed by police, it is a powerful symbol to your abuser that the state is holding them accountable for their behavior. It also keeps them at a real, enforceable distance.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is a fact that the danger can escalate into extreme violence, and you must protect yourself and your children. Our firm can immediately proceed to apply for an Interim Protection Order, which will be valid until such time as a Final Protection Order is granted.
Whether you are a victim of domestic violence or have been falsely accused, it is vital that you have an attorney fighting for your rights at the hearing of the Application. The magistrate will determine whether or not to grant a final Protection Order, prohibiting the alleged abuser from committing further acts of domestic violence.