The Domestic Violence Act defines Domestic Violence as “any act of violence- whether physical or verbal abuse- perpetrated by a member of a household upon a member of the same household which causes or is likely to cause physical, mental or emotional injury or harm to the abused party or any other member of the household”. The Act contains three specific orders which will afford victims of domestic violence greater protective from their abusers. These orders are:
1. A Protection Order;
2. An Occupation Order; and
3. A Tenancy Order. The persons subjected to the violence or a member of the household can obtain an order by applying to the Family Court or a Magistrate Court, through their legal representative who completes the relevant form and apply to the court on behalf of the victim (Section 4).
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