Equal or Different: Comparing Women and Men's Use of the Domestic Violence Act (no. 116 of 1998).

Equal or Different: Comparing Women and Men's Use of the Domestic Violence Act (no. 116 of 1998).

The Domestic Violence Act ("the DVA") was introduced as a comprehensive civil remedy for domestic abuse in 1998. Many have sought its protection since, with at least 157 391 applications for protection orders made in 2004 alone. This research brief explores how men and women applying for protection orders at two courts in Gauteng have used the DVA.

 

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Vera Schneider
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Vera Schneider is a researcher at the University of Witwatersrand's School of Community Development .

Lisa Vetten
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Lisa Vetten is the former manager of the Gender Programme at the Centre for the study of Violence and Reconciliation. In 2013 she obtained a Master of Arts degree in Political Studies (cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her dissertation was entitled 'Deserving and undeserving women: A case study of South African policy and legislation addressing domestic violence.

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