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Category Archives: Domestic Violence

Online applications in the pipeline for protection orders, divorces: Lamola

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed some silver linings. Justice minister Ronald Lamola announces steps to make it easier to secure uncontested divorces, protection orders and maintenance orders, and measures to increase the fight against domestic violence. Reprinted from Dispatch Live, … Continue reading

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Co-Parenting During the Coronavirus Pandemic

 A Conversation with Martin Butcher of Jacobowitz & Gubits   During the coronavirus pandemic, co-parenting requires an extra degree of thoughtfulness and flexibility. The goal for parents should be to provide stability and normality for children in an unstable environment. On … 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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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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Domestic Violence | Out of Control? End Domestic Violence

Understanding domestic violence At Simon Dippenaar and Associates we feel strongly about domestic abuse and gender-based violence (GBV). We know that domestic violence is not perpetrated exclusively by men against women, and there are men who suffer emotional and even … Continue reading

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You don’t have to put up with online harassment

Barely a day goes by without some new scandal making the rounds on social media. Usually it involves a celebrity and is generally an exaggerated account of a minor social gaffe. It is soon made to go away by the … Continue reading

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The silent victims

Domestic abuse has become so prevalent – not only in South African society – that hardly a day goes by without an article appearing in the newspapers. Last year the UK reported 1.2 million women experiencing domestic violence. In the … Continue reading

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