The limiting effect of Daffy v Daffy 2013 1 SACR 42 (SCA)
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The preamble of the Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998 recognises, inter alia: “that domestic violence is a serious social evil; that there is a high incidence of domestic violence within South African society; that victims of domestic violence are among the most vulnerable members of society; that domestic violence takes on many forms; that acts of domestic violence may be committed in a wide range of domestic relationships; and that the remedies currently available to the victims of domestic violence have proved to be ineffective.” Domestic violence is a social evil that often occurs behind closed doors. In S v Baloyi the constitutional court indicated that: “All crime has harsh effects on society. What distinguishes domestic violence is its hidden, repetitive character and its immeasurable ripple effects on our society and, in particular, on family life. It cuts across class, race, culture and geography, and is all the more pernicious because it is so often concealed and so frequently goes unpunished” (2000 2 SA 425 (CC) 431C).