Saturday, December 4, 2010


What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is also called intimate partner abuse. Domestic abuse can be broadly defined as a pattern of abusive behaviour by one or both partners in an intimate relationship such as marriage, cohabitation, dating, within a family or among friends.

Forms of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can manifest itself in different forms:

• Physical abuse includes hitting, slapping, throwing objects, using a knife or gun to threaten someone, pulling hair, punching with the fist, etc.

• Sexual abuse includes forced sexual intercourse, being forced to watch or act out pornography, touching genitals by mouth, forcing sex by inserting a penis or an object into a vagina, forced prostitution, etc.

• Emotional abuse includes threat of harm, humiliation in front of others, limiting movement outside a home, etc

• Financial abuse includes being forced to hand over money, being prevented from earning an income, being forced to ask for money for basic needs, etc.

What causes domestic violence?

Domestic violence may start when one partner feels the need to control and dominate the other. Abusers may feel this need to control their partner because of various reasons -- low self-esteem, extreme jealousy, difficulties in regulating anger and other strong emotions, or when they feel inferior to the other partner in terms of education and socio-economic background. Some men with very traditional beliefs may think they have the right to control women because women aren’t equal to men. Victims of domestic violence can develop depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies and feelings of helplessness.


You can take preventative measures to stop violence by applying for a protection order against the person abusing you. The Domestic Violence Act 116/1998 makes provision for a person who is being abused to apply to the Magistrate’s Court for a protection order. This is done on application and needs to be granted by a magistrate, if there is evidence supporting allegations of abuse. An order may be requested by anyone who is, or was, in a domestic relationship with the respondent (abusing party). An application for a protection order can be brought on behalf of the applicant by any other person with the applicant’s consent.

source: POWA - JHB


Manuela Portela said...

HI,Mrs Marcia.
this project is very important to help the women who suffering from domestic violence . And I believe in this project and I'm sure many women will be blessed.

God bless you in this project!

Silindile said...

thanks mrs Marcia for the post really helpfull

Domestic violence causes far more pain than the visible marks of bruises and scars. It is devastating to be abused by someone that you love and how can you trust them again

Izamar Romero said...

I didnt know some of these were form of domestic violence

Lerato Mkhwanazi said...

Thank you Mrs. marcia, we have so many women all over the world enduring a life of abuse without even realising it. I think its time for everyone to stand up and fight against abuse.

Nathallin said...

Really helpful Mrs Marcia
Is time to fight against it!!

mary-jane moloi said...

Because of Domestic violence many families have been destroyed.Thank you Mrs Marcia for the information about domestic violence.