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School-based violence: the context and impacts

Numerous studies on school violence have reached consensus that this phenomenon adversely affects learners and limits their capability to perform well at school. However, many studies have blindly ignored the reality that educators are also affected by school violence. This piece aims to create understanding about school-based violence within context.

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Crime in institutions of higher learning

Evolving dynamics within higher learning institutions have had sever impacts on safety on campuses. Students often face victimisation during their academic pursuit. Theft, burglary, and sexual assault are the most problematic crimes. This piece aims to conceptualise crime on campuses and explore the perceptions of students about the nature of…

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Religious organisations should help combat violence against the LGBTQIA+ community

  • 12 Oct 2018 | by Hanzline R. Davids | Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM)

Religious communities in South Africa are often violent towards the LGBTQIA+ community. The forms of violence are wide-ranging. Faith communities are called to be healers and agents of justice. Therefore, listening to LGBTQIA+ people’s stories is one way to combat the stereotypes, bias and prejudice that nurtures violence.

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Alex youth take on gun violence

  • 04 Oct 2018 | by Sara Chitambo | Gun Free South Africa

Several youth from Alexandra township, who work as part of the Alex FM youth reporters network in partnership with Gun Free South Africa and the Children’s Radio Foundation, decided that this year’s youth day commemoration on June 16th would be dedicated to making their community a safer place by organising…

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Services and screening for victims of violence

  • 20 Sep 2018 | by Networking HIV and AIDS Community of Southern Africa (NACOSA)

Two separate pieces of research published by the Networking HIV and AIDS Community of Southern Africa (NACOSA) highlight the need for services and screening for victims of gender based violence as a critical part of the country’s HIV response.

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South Africa is at war with itself

South African society is becoming more, not less, violent. This was confirmed by the 2017/18 crime statistics released by the South African Police Service (SAPS) yesterday. Violence affects all South Africans, with the greatest impact on people who are black and poor. Young black men have the highest chance of…

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Addressing Violence in South African Schools

When addressing school violence, it is important to focus not just on actual incidents of crime and violence but also the fear thereof and the impact this fear has on learner and educator well-being, school attendance, and the ability to teach and learn. Learners and educators should not only be…

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