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GBV interventions in humanitarian action: A guideline for South Africa?

Given the lack of political will to reduce GBV in South Africa, the UN guidelines on GBV interventions in humanitarian action may be useful for revitalising support around new and innovative strategies for confronting GBV.

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Why societies must protect children if they want fewer criminals

Preventing and reducing stubbornly high levels of violence in South Africa can only be achieved if the country focuses on ensuring that children are not exposed to violence or toxic stress at home, and that they are warmly cared for.

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Towards safer cities: First national report on urban safety in South Africa
29 Jun 2016 | by Urban Safety Reference Group

The first national report of its kind, the State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report 2016 makes the case for integrated, evidence-based urban safety responses driven at city-level.

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New White Paper on Safety and Security: An integrated approach to preventing violence and crime
22 Jun 2016

The new 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security was adopted by the South African Cabinet earlier this year as a policy on safety, crime and violence prevention that promotes an integrated and holistic approach to safety and security in line with the National Development Plan.

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Gun control as violence prevention

Evidence shows that limiting access to firearms (especially for young men between 15-29 years-old) can prevent homicides, suicides and injuries, thereby reducing the costs of these forms of violence. Read more in this article by Gun Free South Africa on gun control.

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The missing link: does social cohesion prevent violence?

What is the relationship between social cohesion and violence? Can social cohesion act as a protective factor against violence in the developing world? These were central questions of a three-year research project in Brazil and South Africa.

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Drivers of violence in Mexico City – and what South Africa can learn from it
25 Feb 2016

A recent study into crime patterns in Mexico City reveals that criminal violence is concentrated in key hot spot areas with certain socio-economic characteristics. Hence the authors call for targeted prevention strategies. The study holds interesting lessons for reflecting on violence and crime prevention in South Africa.

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Understanding the drivers of urban violence: Research insights from South Africa, India and Brazil
22 May 2015

What are the main drivers of urban violence in the global South? The IDRC’s Safe and Inclusive Cities Programme aims to address key gaps in knowledge on the issue and test the effectiveness of violence reduction theories, strategies, and interventions.

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The IUDF: our chance to plan and design safer cities for South Africa

The IUDF should be commended for the fact that it incorporates discussions on safety and crime and violence prevention. It includes a section dedicated to urban safety and also identifies interventions to support the creation of safer urban spaces. There are, however, possible opportunities to strengthen the document by modifying or enhancing certain elements.

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Discussing safety and security in South Africa – the importance of dialogues
07 Apr 2015

The International Dialogue on Citizen Safety took place on the 25th – 27th February 2015 in Cape Town. It was aimed at promoting comparative learning on challenges and successes, as an important component in measuring the impact of the success of violence and crime prevention initiatives. In this post, Lorenzo Wakefield, from APCOF, reflects upon the importance of such international dialogues.

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