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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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…

Gender-based violence during lockdown: looking for answers
12 May 2020 | by Chandre Gould | Institute for Security Studies

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

Gender-based violence during lockdown: looking for answers
12 May 2020 | by Chandre Gould | Institute for Security Studies

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

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.

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.

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
Gender-based violence during lockdown: looking for answers
Preparation is key to policing a crisis like COVID-19
20 Apr 2020 | by Johan Burger | Institute for Security Studies

Resources

Knowledge Exchange: Adjusting to COVID - Report/Study

Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) | 25 Jun 2020