Domestic Violence & Protection Orders

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.

If you have a matter which you would like to discuss, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us via telephone or email. Alternatively, please feel free to schedule an appointment.

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Emergency Contacts

Van Heerdens Attorneys
(After Hours Bail Applications)
073 124 2000
SAPS10111
Family Violence, Child Abuse, Sexual Violence012 393 2363
Childline0800 055 555
CRIME STOP0860 010 111
Women Abuse0800 150 150

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