Country Botswana
Year 2007
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description

The Government of Botswana passed the Domestic Violence Act; No. 10 of 2008 in order to protect women who are in a domestic relationship (as defined under the Act). This Act seeks to provide survivors of domestic violence with protection. The Act empowers Courts including Customary Courts to pass an order (Section 7 of the Act prescribes orders available to applicants such as restraining order, interim order to name a few) which seeks to immediately protect applicants (victims); Section 9 (2) (b) (i) proscribes that the order shall direct a member of the Botswana Police to prohibit the respondent (the offender) from committing an act of domestic violence.

The Act covers the following areas:

Part I Preliminary

  • Title and Commencement

  • Interpretation

  • Jurisdiction of Courts

  • Lodging and Hearing of application

  • Service of Documents

  • Nature of Proceedings

Part II Orders

  • Application for an order

  • Consideration for application

  • Interim Order

  • Occupation Order

  • Tenancy Order

  • Validity Order

  • Variation and revocation of order

Part III General

  • Third party interest in property subject to order

  • Effects of order on interest in property

  • Use of furniture, household effects etc

  • Rights not diminished by Act

  • Appeals

  • Offence and Penalty

  • Register of application etc

  • Regulations

Full Text

Domestic Violence Act (No. 10 of 2008)

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Botswana to the questionnaire on violence against women, November 2009