Understand

Learn about the main causes for the high levels of violence and crime in South Africa. Expand your understanding of violence and how it can be prevented. Get an overview of South African policy frameworks and strategies in place for promoting safer communities.

Understand

What is violence?

Violence is a global phenomenon resulting in the deaths of more than 1.6 million people each year, making it one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

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What is violence?

Violence is a global phenomenon resulting in the deaths of more than 1.6 million people each year, making it one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

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How can we prevent violence?

To create a society where everyone feels safe requires an understanding of safety as a human right and a public good that needs to be protected. The way to achieve this is through a commitment to preventing violence and crime by addressing its root causes.

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How can we prevent violence?

To create a society where everyone feels safe requires an understanding of safety as a human right and a public good that needs to be protected. The way to achieve this is through a commitment to preventing violence and crime by addressing its root causes.

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What is the situation in South Africa?

High rates of violence are a growing challenge for societies and governments around the world. In South Africa, national crime statistics reveal that were 16 259 reported murder cases between April 2013 and March 2014.

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What is the situation in South Africa?

High rates of violence are a growing challenge for societies and governments around the world. In South Africa, national crime statistics reveal that were 16 259 reported murder cases between April 2013 and March 2014.

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How does policy respond to violence and crime in South…

One of the present government’s stated delivery agreements is that “All people in South Africa are and feel safe”. This commitment is one of 12 strategic priorities that the government has agreed to address while it is in office, and a number of policies have been put in place in an effort to achieve this.

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How does policy respond to violence and crime in South…

One of the present government’s stated delivery agreements is that “All people in South Africa are and feel safe”. This commitment is one of 12 strategic priorities that the government has agreed to address while it is in office, and a number of policies have been put in place in an effort to achieve this.

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Public spaces: More than 'just space'

Through public spaces, cities can promote more inclusive, convivial and safer places for their citizens, which will reinforce social inclusion, community organisation and participation to prevent violence.

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Public spaces: More than 'just space'

Through public spaces, cities can promote more inclusive, convivial and safer places for their citizens, which will reinforce social inclusion, community organisation and participation to prevent violence.

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Youth violence

Youth violence is a growing challenge for the societies and governments of many countries, including South Africa. Internationally, the number of youth homicides has been increasing for years. Around the globe, every year almost a quarter of a million people under the age of 30 are murdered. This accounts for half of all homicides globally per year. For every young person killed by violence, 20 to 40 more become victims of violence and require hospitalisation.

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Youth violence

Youth violence is a growing challenge for the societies and governments of many countries, including South Africa. Internationally, the number of youth homicides has been increasing for years. Around the globe, every year almost a quarter of a million people under the age of 30 are murdered. This accounts for half of all homicides globally per year. For every young person killed by violence, 20 to 40 more become victims of violence and require hospitalisation.

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Positive parenting in South Africa

This thematic introduction outlines how positive parenting relates to violence prevention and national development, and why the national implementation of evidence-based programs to support positive parenting is both necessary and achievable.

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Positive parenting in South Africa

This thematic introduction outlines how positive parenting relates to violence prevention and national development, and why the national implementation of evidence-based programs to support positive parenting is both necessary and achievable.

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