Commission on Gender-Based Violence
and Domestic Violence

Restraining Orders,
Treatment Orders and Harassment

Restraining Orders are issued together with or after the judgment is delivered.

Treatment Orders may be issued both before and after the delivery of the judgment. The difference in the case of a Treatment Order lies in the fact that prior to the delivery of a judgment by the court, the alleged offender is still considered innocent until proven guilty and therefore a Treatment Order may only be issued with his/her consent. If a person has been found guilty of an offence, then the Treatment Order may be issued by the court irrespective of whether he/she consents or otherwise.

Harassment is also considered as a criminal act.