SaferSpaces: COVID-19

Theme: COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in South Africa has had a fundamental impact on all aspects of people’s lives, including safety. The South African Police Service (SAPS) have reported reductions in various categories of crime during the lockdown period, while incidents of gender-based violence have increased dramatically. Civil society and media reported incidents of excessive use of force by security services in imposing the lockdown have also come under the spotlight.

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Safety in numbers
21 Aug 2020 | by Western Cape Department of Community Safety

The WCG Whole of Government Targeted Hotspot Plan works to change individual and community behaviour to slow the spread of COVID-19 in high-population, high-transmission areas. Community Safety, in partnership with lead departments and other spheres of government, has taken proactive measures to protect communities and save lives.

Safety in numbers
21 Aug 2020 | by Western Cape Department of Community Safety

The WCG Whole of Government Targeted Hotspot Plan works to change individual and community behaviour to slow the spread of COVID-19 in high-population, high-transmission areas. Community Safety, in partnership with lead departments and other spheres of government, has taken proactive measures to protect communities and save lives.

The coming crime catastrophe: The 2019/20 crime stats and post-COVID19 violence prevention in South Africa
04 Aug 2020 | by Guy Lamb | Safety and Violence Initiative

Various research reports have shown the devastating effect that the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown regulations have had on large segments of the South African population, in which there have been alarming increases in poverty, unemployment, food insecurity, hunger and domestic violence. These dynamics are likely to transform the current crime…

The coming crime catastrophe: The 2019/20 crime stats and post-COVID19 violence prevention in South Africa
04 Aug 2020 | by Guy Lamb | Safety and Violence Initiative

Various research reports have shown the devastating effect that the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown regulations have had on large segments of the South African population, in which there have been alarming increases in poverty, unemployment, food insecurity, hunger and domestic violence. These dynamics are likely to transform the current crime…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Safety in numbers
21 Aug 2020 | by Western Cape Department of Community Safety
The coming crime catastrophe: The 2019/20 crime stats and post-COVID19 violence prevention in South Africa
04 Aug 2020 | by Guy Lamb | Safety and Violence Initiative
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
Africa’s children deserve justice and protection
22 Jun 2020 | by Jude Thaddeus Njikem | Sonke Gender Justice

Resources

Knowledge Exchange: Adjusting to COVID - Report/Study

Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) | 25 Jun 2020