Domestic violence is …

2016-02-03 06:00

AMANZIMTOTI Trauma Unit (ATU) assists victims of domestic violence. Over the next few months ATU will dissect the domestic violence act, to create a better understanding thereof.
The Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998 is there to provide the issuing­ of protection orders with regard to domestic violence, and for matters connected therewith.

This Act recognises the following:

Domestic violence is a serious social evil.

There is a high incidence of domestic violence within the South African society.

Victims of domestic violence are among the most vulnerable members of society.

Domestic violence takes on many forms.

Acts of domestic violence may be committed in a wide range of domestic relationships.

The remedies currently available to the victims of domestic violence have proved to be ineffective.
It is the purpose of this Act to:

Give the victims of domestic violence the maximum protection from domestic abuse that the law can provide.

To introduce measures which seek to ensure that the relevant structures of state give full effect to the provisions of the Act.

Domestic violence is:

physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional, verbal and psychological abuse, economic abuse, intimidation, harassment, stalking, damage to property, entry into the complainant’s residence without consent, where the parties do not share the same residence and

any other controlling or abusive behaviour towards a complainant.

Domestic relationship is:

People who are married to each other, including marriage according to any law, custom or religion.

People (same or opposite sex) live or lived together in a relationship similar to marriage, although they are not married, or were not married to each other, or are not able to marry each other.

Parents of a child or people who have or had parental responsibility for that child (whether or not at the same time).

Family members related by consanguinity (blood relation), affinity (people connected to you) or adoption.

People who are or were in an engagement, dating or customary (usual) relationship, including an actual or perceived (apparent) romantic, intimate or sexual relationship of any duration.

People who share or recently shared the same residence.

For further information contact the Amanzimtoti Trauma Unit on 031 903 7777.

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