Domestic Violence is not a Criminal Offence in itself, however, it may be an accessory to other crimes (such as homicide, grievous bodily harm, slight bodily harm, threats and harassment, etc…)
When a case involves Domestic Violence the following shall apply:
- The police may prosecute without the need of a complaint from the injured party (where the complaint is necessary). In many offences, the police require a complaint from the injured party to prosecute. In the case of Domestic Violence, the police may prosecute without a complaint being instituted by the injured party. However, when proceedings are instituted in such case it is possible for the alleged victim of Domestic Violence to ask the Court to stop criminal proceedings against the perpetrator.
- Court may issue a Protection Order: The objective of a Protection Order is to provide safety to a victim from the aggressor until the case against the aggressor has been decided.
- Court may issue a Restraining Order: Through a Restraining Order, the Court will prohibit a person who is found guilty of a Criminal Offence from approaching any person the court may deem fit.
- Court may issue a Treatment Order: The Court may impose a Treatment Order on a person who has been found guilty of an offence or it may be given with the consent of an accused (before s/he is found guilty). Through a Treatment Order, the person would be required to attend a specific course intended to help him or her treat psychological problem or addictions.