Khayelitsha Site C Social Cohesion Community Dialogue

04 Aug 2017 | by Azwi Netshikulwe, Institute for Safety Governance and Criminology

The complexity of challenges facing various communities, especially in urban centres today, requires all concerned community members and stakeholders to seek solutions through constructive engagement. Research and dialogue with active community stakeholders has identified the need to build social cohesion with the aim of achieving shared community goals. The Peacebuilding Team in Khayelitsha Site C aims to mitigate violence and resolve conflict. On 27 July 2017, the Peace Building Team facilitated a dialogue which enabled community members to identify and discuss the challenges they face and help communities work out solutions for themselves.

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About Disruptive Change and Wrestling with Laws

27 Jun 2017 | by Jeanne Bodenstein, Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust

The rollout of sexual offences courts is essential for ensuring that survivors have access to survivor-centred justice. In this blog, Jeanne Bodenstein discusses how the Rape Survivors’ Justice Campaign engaged with magistrates and Parliament on the legislative framework for sexual offences courts.

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Lights, toilets, taxis - situational crime prevention failures in Khayelitsha

15 May 2017 | by Dalli Weyers | Social Justice Coalition

This article highlight lack of safety experienced by Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and other residents of informal settlements when making use of either shared communal flush toilets, “temporary” chemical toilets (outside of the home) or clearings to relieve themselves. As a result the SJC has consistently campaigned for a greater budget share to ensure that access to safe and dignified sanitation is progressively realized.

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Hazardous Alcohol Consumption and Violence: The importance of evidence for prevention

05 May 2017 | by Regan Jules-Macquet | Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention| Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention

Much of the crime and violence that is perpetrated in South Africa, and indeed around the world, is enabled and exacerbated by substance abuse. This makes addressing substance use and abuse, an essential component of any violence prevention initiative.

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The role of the police in crime prevention: Unpacking the 2016 White Papers on Policing, Safety & Security

The adoption of the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security and the 2016 White Paper on Policing mark an important shift in conversations around crime and violence in South Africa, specifically regarding the role of the police in prevention, and the need to address the underlying causes of crime and violence.

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Poly-victimisation: Understanding multiple forms of victimisation among South African youth

26 Apr 2017 | by Lezanne Leoschut (Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention)

The key to stemming the tide of child and youth victimisation is bearing in mind the complete inventory of victimisations that may co-occur during childhood. This will ensure that the diverse array of underlying causes of child victimisation will be addressed, rather than merely addressing the symptoms.

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Powerful images: Using visual language within youth safety research

21 Apr 2017 | by Nick Malherbe | Institute for Social and Health Sciences (UNISA & SAMRC)

An important means by which researchers and practitioners may begin to move away from conceptualising youth safety in such rigid ways is to develop a relevant mode of youth-centric communicative expression.

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Practical Responses to Violence in Schools: The Whole School Approach

18 Apr 2017 | by Joanne Phyfer | Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention| Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention, Gillian Makota

Due to its multi-faceted nature, the elimination of violence in schools calls for the engagement of all members of the school community.  The whole school approach to violence prevention attempts to achieve this, addressing school violence as a collective rather than individual challenge and involving the school community, parents, organisations and the local community

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Could supporting parents in sharing picture books with their young children help prevent violence?

10 Apr 2017 | by Peter J Cooper, David Jeffery, Joseph Murray, Mark Tomlinson, Nicholas Dowdall & Lynne Murray (Mikhulu Trust)

What is needed for South Africa, and other countries with high rates of violence and limited resources, is a brief parenting intervention that can be delivered relatively inexpensively by lay personnel, that simultaneously targets the risk factors for child aggression shown. One intervention that may satisfy these requirements is training carers in ‘dialogic’ book-sharing.

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Gun Free Zones: Making our communities safer

Across the world, Gun Free Zones are used as a tool to reduce armed violence and promote public safety in communities. It is time for GFZ to be fully implemented in South Africa to make our communities safer.

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