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Domestic violence during COVID-19: are we asking the right questions?

03 Jul 2020 | by Elizabeth Dartnall | Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI)Anik Gevers | Independent Consultant, Chandre Gould | Institute for Security Studies| Institute for Security Studies, Angelica Pino

The number of domestic violence cases reported to the South African police between March and April dropped by 69.4%. This figure makes it tempting to believe that in South Africa, unlike many other countries, lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic reduced family and domestic violence. Reliable data is useful but the priority is ensuring survivors have access to high-quality support and services.

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Africa’s children deserve justice and protection

22 Jun 2020 | by Jude Thaddeus Njikem | Sonke Gender Justice

Every child has a right to education, best attainable standards of health, and protection from abuse, torture and labour which interfere with the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral, or social development. However, Covid-19 has had an adverse effect on the rights and welfare of children in Africa. For many children who now stay at home, other impending risks include harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and being forced into early (child) marriage. Domestic and sexual violence also continue to be a significant concern.

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A Tree of Collective Knowledge about Integrated, Area-Based Violence Prevention Interventions

What we’ve learned through knowledge management within the South African-German development cooperation

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Gender-based violence during lockdown: looking for answers

Why is South Africa not showing the rise in domestic violence cases reported elsewhere in the world?

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Preparation is key to policing a crisis like COVID-19

20 Apr 2020 | by Johan Burger | Institute for Security Studies

Rapid steps taken in SA to combat the coronavirus didn’t allow sufficient planning or training of security forces.

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Fear and policing in the time of Covid-19

08 Apr 2020 | by Guy Lamb | Safety and Violence Initiative

There is a menu of compliance strategies and tactics against Covid-19 from which to choose, and indeed there are no easy choices. The South African government has opted for a range of strict and arguably repressive practices to be employed by the security forces. Why were such choices made, especially when most other constitutional democracies have not (yet) adopted such a heavy-handed response? Part of the answer is linked to a deep-seated culture of punitiveness amongst the South African elite in terms of how ordinary South Africans (especially the poor) should be governed, combined with the militarisation of social control, particularly policing.

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Western Cape Government and City of Cape Town launch 500 new law enforcement officers

28 Feb 2020 | by Department of Community Safety | Western Cape Government

The fight against crime in the Western Cape received a significant boost as 500 new learner law enforcement officers took part in the official passing out parade, signaling the start of their deployment on Sunday, 09 February 2020 at Athlone Stadium.

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9 Emerging Insights from Violence Prevention Programmes in South Africa

What we’ve learned so far through knowledge management within the South African-German development cooperation

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‘Ripped’ and ‘Roids’: Muscularity and Illegal Use of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids

03 Apr 2019 | by Tamsanqa Mashasha | Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI), Guy Lamb | Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI)

Illegal Anabolic-Androgenic steroid use is generally regarded as being trivial by law enforcement authorities, but the dangers are real. Continued AAS use can result in heart, liver and kidney diseases, as well as heart attack and stroke. How can we reduce the danger?

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The Climate Change-Violent Conflict Nexus in Global Perspective

21 Mar 2019 | by Gerald Moore | Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI)| University of Cape Town

What is the existing empirical evidence linking Climate Change to violent conflict? On 5 March 2019, Gerald A. Moore, a research assistant at the Safety and Violence Initiative, interviewed Professor Michael Brzoska, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy in Hamburg, who shared his research on the links between Climate Change and violent conflict from a global perspective and its particular relevance to South Africa.

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