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Violence Against Women in South Africa: Policy Position and Recommendations

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 18 Issue: 5 Dated: May 2012 Pages: 580-594
Ramadimetja S. Mogale; Kathy Kovacs Burns; Solina Richter
Date Published
May 2012
15 pages
This articles examines violence against women (VAW) in South Africa.
Violence against women (VAW) in South Africa remains rampant, irrespective of human rights- focused laws passed by the government. This article reflects on the position of two acts: the Domestic Violence Act No 116 of 1998 and Criminal Law (Sexual Offense and Related Matters) Act No 32 of 2007. Both are framed to protect women against all forms of violence. The article discusses the prisms of the two laws, an account of the position taken or interpreted by the reviewed literature regarding the acts, and the findings and recommendations regarding the infrastructure and supports needed to appropriately implement the two acts. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.