16 Days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children
The Western Cape Police Ombudsman is committed to sharing information and informing our clients about the basics of domestic violence. It is your responsibility to ensure that you empower yourself with knowledge. Know your rights, and know what you need to do in order to remain safe.
The South African Police Services says that often, domestic violence is thought to be only the physical violence between a complainant (the victim) and the respondent (the perpetrator of domestic violence) in a domestic relationship. However, it is far wider than only physical abuse and includes emotional abuse, verbal, abuse, sexual abuse and economic abuse. To find out more about domestic violence and what you can do if you find yourself in this situation, please read the following brochure.
So where does our office fit into this picture?
Our office is responsible for receiving and investigating police inefficiencies, and/or a breakdown in relations between the police and a community. The South African Police Service has specific responsibilities in respect of domestic violence, and if a member fails to provide you with the necessary assistance, you may report this to our office.
When you make contact with our office, please note that the Official will request you to complete either the online form (Click here) or they will email you a copy of the complaint form. We will request a copy of your ID document. If you are unable to complete the form, you are more than welcome to speak to our officials, so that we can assist you telephonically.
Talk to us, we are here to help.