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Is 6 months really long enough for a woman to recover from abuse?


Is 6 months really long enough for a woman to recover from abuse?

The Gauteng department of community safety is trying to evict five women from its Ikhaya Lethemba shelter


Is six months enough time to recover from physical abuse, being forced to flee your home and start a new life? It’s a question at the forefront of an upcoming urgent legal battle between the Gauteng department of community safety and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS).

Earlier in October, the department announced on social media it had sent eviction notices to five abused women housed at Johannesburg’s Ikhaya Lethemba women’s shelter, essentially forcing them to leave.

The department has said in its eviction notices that women who seek help at the shelter sign agreements that after six months they will leave the premises. It says this is only done to ensure there is space for other women who need help...

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