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Category Archives: Abusive Behaviour

Child sexual abuse allegations in divorce cases

Child sexual abuse allegations in divorce cases

How to determine if child sexual abuse allegations are legitimate or fabricated Sexual abuse of children happens. It is tragic and can have lasting consequences for the child concerned. But it is a difficult and delicate matter to discuss. It … Continue reading

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The legal case all South African newlyweds should know about

We’ve written about divorcing with dignity in the past, something we think is important for everyone involved, not least the children of the union. Sadly, dignity often goes out the window when a marriage ends painfully. In this case that … Continue reading

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Locked down with an abuser?

Don't let lockdown turn into 21 days of abuse

Lockdown can be a terrifying ordeal if a woman is confined with an abusive partner 15 May, 2020: Important update to level 4 regulations: When the level 4 regulations were announced, they included the movement of persons and goods across … Continue reading

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How to report abuse – you don’t have to go on record before you are ready

But you can still document the evidence to use later If you have suffered sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, or any other type of physical abuse, reporting it can be as traumatic as the experience itself. As the Netflix drama/documentary … Continue reading

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Your marriage is over. What you should do in the first 72 hours

However much you are hurting, you must take some practical steps in the first 72 hours when your marriage is over We’ve written a lot about divorce with dignity, staying friends with your ex, co-parenting, etc. We are the first … Continue reading

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Coercive control – spotting the signs

Most victims of sexual assault know their attackers…and it often starts insidiously Along with the rest of the country, we at SD Law were outraged and heartbroken by the spate of violent attacks on women that marked this past winter. … Continue reading

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Divorcing a narcissist

Beware of the pitfalls particular to divorce from a narcissist In another post we talked about the characteristics of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) and we described some coping strategies that may help to make life with a narcissist bearable. But … Continue reading

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Abusive behaviour – How to Recognise Abusive Relationships

It’s not always easy to tell victim from abuser Abusive behaviour – During the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, our attention turns to domestic abuse and intimate partner violence. South Africa still has a … Continue reading

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