Fri, 30 Oct 2020

The trial of a mother of two accused of killing her allegedly abusive partner during an incident of domestic violence will begin in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The woman will be defended by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), which will be bringing expert evidence to give the court an understanding of the patterns of abuse that occur both in South Africa and their client's life.

"The almost inevitable culmination of escalating domestic violence is that someone will die, most often women," the head of the gender justice programme at CALS, Sheena Swemmer, said in a statement.

"In some instances, victims of abuse may respond to violence. For them, it literally becomes a situation of 'him or me'. What we're arguing is that our courts need to take this phenomenon into account, to engage properly with psychological aspects of domestic violence and trauma," she added.

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