Country South Africa
Year 2007
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description


Article 56(1) of the Act states that whenever an accused person is charged with an offence under section 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 it is not a valid defence for that accused person to contend that a marital or other relationship exists or existed between him or her and the complainant.

The Act also contains provisions on trafficking (Chapter 7, Part 6).

Full Text

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act (No. 32)

Source of Information

South Africa Department of Justice Website