oa News and Views for Magistrates - Magistrates carry out their duty to implement the economic provisions of the Domestic Violence Act

Volume 2004, Issue 12
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Extracted from text ... 1 The Preamble of the Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998 states 'it is the intent of this Act to afford the victims of domestic violence the maximum protection from abuse the law can provide.' Magistrates, however, report a hesitancy to carry out this intent when it comes to addressing economic abuse and/or including provisions for emergency monetary relief in temporary protection orders.1 This hesitancy is troubling. The Domestic Violence Act does not merely recognize economic abuse or remedy it in extreme circumstances, but it includes it in the definition of the crime the act was meant to address-domestic violence.2 ..

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