READY TO SERVE IF YOU ARE BEING ABUSED
A Protection Order can help stop the abuse
Does your husband or your boyfriend do any of these things to you?
• Sexual abuse: having sex with you against your will, making you perform sexual acts you don’t want to do.
• Abusing power: always claiming to be right, telling you what to do, making decisions without consulting you.
• Damaging your property: tearing your clothes, burning your belongings, destroying important documents e.g. ID book/passport, damaging your furniture.
• Controlling your movements: keeping you locked in the house, isolating you from family and friends, monitoring your phone calls.
• Abusing your children: swearing, physical abuse, sexual abuse, forcing your children to monitor your telephone calls or who visits you, using your children to steal.
• Saying the abuse was your fault: pretending that he never hurt you, blaming all his problems on you.
• Economic abuse: stopping you from working, taking your money, refusing to provide enough money for the household, spending the household income on alcohol, drugs or gambling.
• Verbal abuse: putting you down, name-calling, blaming you, yelling, belittling you.
• Physical abuse: pushing, slapping, punching, kicking, burning, biting or stabbing you.
• Forced entry: making uninvited calls and visits, refusing to leave when asked.
• Threats with guns or knives: or attempting to frighten or kill your children.
• Stalking: following you wherever you go, phoning you all the time to check where you are.
If you are being abused you can apply for a Protection Order. Protection Order can tell:
• The abuser to stop abusing you, and not to tell others to abuse you either.
• The abuser not to enter the family home or your workplace.
• The abuser to pay the rent and mortgage and provide money for food and other household expenses.
For more information or help with a problem of domestic violence you can:
• Talk to a health worker at your clinic
• Talk to a counselor from your local welfare office
• Phone the national toll-free Stop Women Abuse hotline: 0800 150 150.
You can also contact your local police station, or phone:
• SAPS emergency number 10111
• SAPS Crime Stop 08600 10111