oa News and Views for Magistrates - Reinforcing reigns of terror : access to justice denied by the (non)implementation of the Domestic Violence Act

Volume 2005, Issue 06
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Extracted from text ... 1 While it cannot be denied that individuals subjected to acts of domestic violence have the right to apply for a protection order in terms of the Domestic Violence Act ("DVA"), it is with concern that community based and non governmental organisations as well as lawyers engaging with gender based violence have noted an increase in the number of cross protection orders being applied for and indeed granted in terms of the DVA. While this is not at first alarming, further investigation reveals the emergence of a disturbing pattern and one that is unwittingly being facilitated by the manner ..

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