Economic exploitation can have far-reaching consequences. The Domestic Abuse Act 116/1998 includes economic abuse and has the potential to bring about real change for victims and survivors. Economic exploitation may also be prosecuted as controlling or coercive behaviour. The Domestic Violence Act 116/1998 is the law that deals with domestic violence in South Africa. This law exists to give people who are experiencing domestic violence the best possible protection that the law can, and it commits the government to stopping domestic violence.
Note: The Domestic Violence Amendment Act 14/2021 has been legislated but is not yet in force. With the amendments certain definitions have been extended and new definition have been included; further provide for the manner in which acts of domestic violence and matters related thereto, must be dealt with; further regulate protection orders in response to acts of domestic violence; amend provisions of certain laws; and provide for matters connected therewith.