These reports are the result of a roundtable discussion on the implementation of Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998 and Sexual Offences Act 32 of 2007, a project lead by the Parliamentary Research Unit’s Socially Vulnerable Groups cluster.
The focus of this discussion was on responses from SAPS and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development pertaining to the costing and budgetary allocations of these departments aimed at ensuring the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act and Sexual Offences Act. The responses came from a standard costing and budgeting orientated questionnaire sent to the Departments and site visits conducted by the Socially Vulnerable Group Research Cluster to clarify and correlate information on departmental budgeting in implementing the Acts.
Report by Parliamentary researcher Lorenzo Wakefield: SAPS and Planning for gender-based violence (Adobe pdf)
Report by Parliamentary researcher Joy Watson: Tracking expenditure on gender-based violence in the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (Adobe pdf)
Report by Parliamentary researcher Jen Thorpe: Financial year estimates for spending on gender-based violence by the South African government (Adobe pdf)
Neglecting women’s well-being, neglecting women’s work?
Domestic violence is the most common form of violence experienced by South African women and causes the greatest number of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cases in women, according to the South African Stress and Health Survey conducted by the University of Cape Town and Johns Hopkins University. The same study found that rape, another crime overwhelmingly experienced by women and girls, was the form of violence most likely to result in PTSD, in addition to causing the most severe and long-term forms of PTSD . But this is not all: depression, anxiety, suicidality, substance abuse, repeated victimisation, disability, HIV-infection and chronic physical health problems may also arise following an experience of rape or domestic violence. Good services to victims and their families are therefore crucial, both in ameliorating post-traumatic stress, as well as preventing some of these other health consequences from developing.
25 February 2014
NGOs urge Minister Gordhan to address the chronic under-funding of rape and domestic violence services and the under-valuing of NGOs’ work.
Ahead of the National Budget speech on Wednesday, 26 February the Shukumisa Campaign is urging Minister Pravin Gordhan to recognise demands for better services for survivors of rape and domestic violence. This is in the wake of a report released today by the Campaign which found that funding cuts to just 17 organisations serving this group of victims led to the loss of 100 jobs between 2010 and 2013. At least 10 services provided by these 17 organisations were also closed.
Tomorrow, 29 January 2014, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities will commence with public hearings on the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality bill.
Civil society organisations including large national NGOs and locally based CBOs working on gender issues and women’s rights around the country strongly support developments for women’s empowerment and gender equality, but have come out strongly to reject the bill in its current form. At civil society workshops held in November last year, there was agreement that women in South Africa don’t need another piece of legislation that won’t be implemented, government’s priority should be enforcing existing laws.
An article from the South African Medical Journal, reporting on the training given to doctors completing their hospital internships in KZN, finds that the doctors want training to manage rape survivors.
“The 2-year internship period for medical graduates began in South Africa in 2005 and has never been formally evaluated. This study assessed the perceptions of community service medical officers (COSMOs) working at district hospitals (DHs) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to determine whether the 2-year internship programme had adequately prepared them for community service (CS).
….Family medicine scored second in knowledge and third in skills, with respondents confident in their ability to manage tuberculosis (TB) and HIV. This is encouraging as TB is the leading cause of death in SA and the most prevalent opportunistic infection in HIV-infected patients.
Weaknesses were identified as the ability to manage undifferentiated conditions [and] medico-legal issues including dealing with rape survivors…”
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