Definitions of abuse by Noa Kinstler (attorney)

Economic abuse includes–
a) the unreasonable deprivation of economic or financial resources to which a complainant is entitled under law or which the complainant requires out of necessity, including household necessities for the complainant, and mortgage bond repayments or payment of rent in respect of the shared residence; or
b) the unreasonable disposal of household effects or other property in which the complainant has an interest;

Emotional, verbal and psychological abuse means a pattern of degrading or humiliating conduct towards a complainant, including–
a) repeated insults, ridicule or name calling;
b) repeated threats to cause emotional pain; or
c) the repeated exhibition of obsessive possessiveness or jealousy, which is such as to constitute a serious invasion of the complainant’s privacy, liberty, integrity or security;

Harassment means engaging in a pattern of conduct that induces the fear of harm to a complainant including–
a) repeatedly watching, or loitering outside of or near the building or place where the complainant resides, works, carries on business, studies or happens to be;
b) repeatedly making telephone calls or inducing another person to make telephone calls to the complainant, whether or not conversation ensues;
c) repeatedly sending, delivering or causing the delivery of letters, telegrams, packages, facsimiles, electronic mail or other objects to the complainant;

Intimidation means uttering or conveying a threat, or causing a complainant to receive a threat, which induces fear;

Physical abuse means any act or threatened act of physical violence towards a complainant;

Sexual abuse means any conduct that abuses, humiliates, degrades or otherwise violates the sexual integrity of the complainant;

Stalking means repeatedly following, pursuing, or accosting the complainant;
(Section 1 of the Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998)

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