Domestic Violence Legislation

Localising the National GBV Laws through Community SGBV Prevention Strategies

Our communities are the site of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and femicide. When these cases occur, it is communities that reel from such incidents and victims and perpetrators are often members of the community, ...

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GBV: A Social Justice Issue Requiring a Social Justice Response

Gender-based violence in South Africa is a scourge. At the heart of it is the impact of imbalanced power relations at individual and societal levels and inequities that are entrenched in family, communal and social ...

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Using the Law to Secure Women's Rights to Housing and Security of Tenure: A Brief Examination of Some Key Aspects of Family and Customary Law and Domestic Violence Legislation

This report is the result of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) request to Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC) to examine how current laws regulating the granting of a divorce and ...

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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 ...

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South African Criminal Law and Battered Women Who Kill: Discussion Document 1

This discussion document serves as both a resource on the academic and comparative law treatment of the issues surrounding battered women who kill their abusive spouses and as a basis for debate on how South ...

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South African Criminal Law and Battered Women Who Kill: Discussion Document 2

Battered women who kill their abusers in South Africa often face barriers to accessing criminal law defences to murder. This document explores the reforms necessary for women to gain access to the defences. It continues ...

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