BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY: Magistrates’ views on the Domestic Violence Act

  • Lillian Artz University of Cape Town
Keywords: Domestic Violence Act, domestic violence, South Africa, courts, magistrates, implementation


As part of an ongoing project to monitor the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act, this article focuses on the role of magistrates. The impression exists that magistrates have a tendency to judge domestic violence matters conservatively. But research shows that most take a ‘better safe, than sorry’ approach in granting particular conditions in protection orders. The general sentiment is that it makes more sense to have an allinclusive protection order than one that will be subject to variation at a later stage.

Author Biography

Lillian Artz, University of Cape Town

Gender, Health and Justice Research Centre

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