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South Africas response to domestic violence

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It is estimated that one in six women in South Africa is regularly beaten by a male partner. Four out of five rural women report being victims of ongoing violence within the home. A recent national mortuary-based study concluded that in South Africa a woman is killed every six hours by an intimate partner. At an international level, South Africa has acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Convention) and its Optional Protocol and is a state party to every other major human rights treaty. The Prevention of Family Violence Act essentially focused on physical violence occurring within a marital relationship. Notably, it outlawed marital rape. In South Africa, the due diligence standard although not necessarily part of the legal parlance of the courts has been slowly evolving over the past decade.

Keywords: CEDAW Convention; due diligence; Optional Protocol; Prevention of Family Violence Act; South Africa

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