Violence of any kind is wrong. The Domestic Violence Act (DVA) recognizes the fact that domestic violence is not a private matter. It is a societal concern – domestic violence is a crime under the penal code. If you are being abused, here are some actions you can take:
When: When did it occur?
Where: Where did it happen – location
What: What is the incident?
Who: Who was involved?
How: How did it happen?
Effect: What’s the effect on you after the incident (bruises, injury etc.)?
One important feature in the Domestic Violence Act 1994 is the Interim Protection Order (IPO), which offers temporary legal protection for the victims, her children and her relatives. An IPO is a court order to stop the abusive husband, parent or relative from committing further acts of violence against the victims. The IPO is temporary and valid as long as investigations are carried out by the police. The IPO is often a strong deterrent to further violence.
An interim protection order ceases to have effect upon the completion of the investigation. If, following the completion of the police investigation, the accused is charged with an offence committed under circumstances that fall within the definition of domestic violence, the court may issue a Protection Order. The scope of the PO is greater than an IPO due to additional provisions which may be attached to the order. Section 5 of the Domestic Violence Act enables the court to:
You and your children’s safety is the most important thing. Listed below are tips to help keep you safe. It is important to get help with your safety plan. If you are in an abusive relationship, think about…
If you consider leaving your abuser, think about…
If you and your children feel threatened and you need to leave the violent home, remember these tips: Keep a bag of essentials in a safe and hidden place where the abuser cannot find it, like:
Plan a safety route. Have a plan ready in case you have to leave home suddenly. In case the house door is locked, make sure you have the house keys to leave the house. Keep important contact numbers with you at all times. These should include close relatives, friends, police and hospital. Consider when it is the best time to leave. Plan to take your children with you should you decide to leave especially if they are young. If you leave without them, you may not have easy access to them subsequently. Sometimes your spouse may coerce you to return by using the children as an excuse. If you have left your abuser, think about…