SA’s domestic violence law needs more clout to save women

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SA’s domestic violence law needs more clout to save women

The deputy justice minister says the act will be reviewed to give abused women more protection

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“Till death do us part” made perfect sense to Rachel Petersen when she married at the age of 21.

But within a year the vow she had made began to haunt her. “My husband started beating me up, telling me that I was nobody and worthless,” she said.

“The abuse got so bad that he would cut me on my wrists and beat me with a hammer on my knees so that I would not leave our home.”..

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