The Select Committee on Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities’ research team has compiled a series of four reports on the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act. These reports focus on the performance of the following government departments and are available for download on this site
- The South African Police Services (SAPS): Reviewing Domestic Violence and the South African Police Services – T. Matthews, 2012, Research Unit, Parliament of the RSA
- The Department of Justice: Justice for Domestic Violence Victims? Key Findings of the Oversight Interventions by the PC and SC on Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities with respect to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development – J. Watson, 2012, Research Unit, Parliament of the RSA
- The Department of Health: Reviewing Health Matters in relation to the Domestic Violence Act – K. Abrahams, 2012, Research Unit, Parliament of the RSA
- The Department of Social Development: Social Services for Victims of Domestic Violence: The Role of the Department of Social Development in the Implementation of the Domestic Violence Act – S. Sipamla, 2012, Research Unit, Parliament of the RSA
During the 16 Days of Activism in 2011, and in January of 2012, civil society organisations (CSOs) participating in the Shukumisa Campaign conducted monitoring at 83 police stations, 29 courts and 30 hospitals across Gauteng, the Western Cape, Limpopo, the Eastern Cape, the Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal to assess the services which these facilities provide to rape victims.
Download the Shukumisa Report for 2011/2012
At our very first meeting in 2004, the National Working Group on Sexual Offences numbered fifteen organisations. So looking around the room during last week’s meeting provided a real sense of satisfaction: not only had the Group been working together for nine years, but its membership had also grown. We are now the Shukumisa Campaign and consist of 30 member organisations from each province in the country.
There was another reason for a sense of excitement – for the first time in its history, thanks to SIDA, the Campaign has received the sort of funding that makes it possible to run collective campaigns at local, provincial and national level. Our meeting had a real sense of purpose.
What is the measure of justice afforded rape survivors who live in rural areas? And what might be contributing to Mpumalanga being the province with the lowest
conviction rate for rape, recorded at just 3.1% by the Interdepartmental Management Team in 2002? We provide some initial, tentative answers to these questions through a case study tracking the outcomes of rapes reported at one police station between 2005 – 2007 in ‘Lefaufaung’, Mpumalanga.
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Very few studies describe and analyse rapes committed in rural parts of South Africa. This study examines the characteristics of rapes reported to the police between 2005 – 2007 in ‘Lefaufaung’, Mpumalanga.
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