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Violence against women is staggeringly high in South Africa – a different way of thinking about it i

  • 27 Jan 2023 | by Amanda Gouws | Stellenbosch University

South Africa has notoriously high levels of violence against women. The latest police figures show that 10,818 rape cases were reported in the first quarter of 2022. The country has among the highest rape incidence in the world. How can gender-based violence in the country be reduced?

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Learning Brief 9: Area-based violence prevention interventions for and with youth - Policy/Research brief

This SPRINT learning brief highlights how different groups of youth are particularly vulnerable as both victims and perpetuators of violence and crime. It also highlights that while there are some shared characteristics and experiences, it is important to understand these different groups and how they experience spaces differently. The brief…

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Learning Brief 10: Gender-based vulnerability and the built environment - Report/Study

This is the tenth brief in the series of learning briefs produced by Isandla Institute under the Safer Places: Resilient Institutes and Neighbourhoods Together (SPRINT) Project. The brief highlights how spatial factors can influence gender-based vulnerability to violence and crime as characteristics of space can determine whether that space is/feels…

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SPRINT Resource Note 4: What is ABVPI - Factsheet

The Safer Places: Resilient Institutions and Neighbourhoods Together (SPRINT) project aims to institutionalise area-based violence prevention interventions across government policies, programmes and practices. Resource Note 4 explains that area-based violence prevention interventions (ABPVI) combine spatial, social and institutional interventions aimed at reducing or removing factors that contribute to an environment…

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SPRINT Resource Note 3: The socio-ecological model: A framework for violence prevention - Factsheet

The Safer Places: Resilient Institutions and Neighbourhoods Together (SPRINT) project aims to institutionalise area-based violence prevention interventions across government policies, programmes and practices. Resource Note 3 unpacks the root causes of crime and violence in South Africa. It utilises the socio-ecological model to explain the various risk and/or protective factors…

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SPRINT Resource Note 2: Why safety needs to be at the centre of development - Factsheet

The Safer Places: Resilient Institutions and Neighbourhoods Together (SPRINT) project aims to institutionalise area-based violence prevention interventions across government policies, programmes and practices. Resource Note 2 outlines the reality of crime and violence in South Africa, particularly for certain vulnerable groups, and motivates why safety should be at the centre…

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SPRINT Resource Note 1: About SPRINT - Factsheet

The Safer Places: Resilient Institutions and Neighbourhoods Together (SPRINT) project aims to institutionalise area-based violence prevention interventions across government policies, programmes and practices. Resource Note 1 introduces the SPRINT project and gives an overview of the 4 different project streams.

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Matthew Green

  • International, National (all SA), Gauteng

I am an emotional fitness coach and therapist. I have been working to support clients deal with, manage and clear trauma, including sexual violence, since 2006. In 2017, due to the widespread trauma in under-resourced schools, specifically an act of sexual violence against an 18 year old girl, my partner…

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