Litigation: Woman wins R170 000 in domestic violence case

Litigation: Woman wins R170 000 in domestic violence case

In what is considered a victory for victims of domestic abuse, a Hillcrest woman (27) has been awarded R170 000 in a damages claim she brought against her ex-boyfriend who beat her up several times during their one-year relationship, says a report in The Mercury.

The young woman had been physically attacked by her personal trainer boyfriend on four occasions during which he smashed her head against walls, head-butted and throttled her. She sued him after the state withdrew criminal charges against him.

Initially he opposed the application, but then his attorneys withdrew and he did not file any further opposing documentation, effectively consenting to judgment against him. The woman then submitted to court a detailed account of the attacks, describing how he would go into a ‘complete rage’. She said the comments by Judge Fikile Mokgohloa that she had ‘no doubt’ she had suffered damages had given her some closure.

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