The 2016 South Africa Demographic and Health Survey (SADHS), a collaborative effort between Statistics South Africa and the worldwide Demographic and Health Survey Program also covered domestic and gender-based violence (GBV). Despite constitutional protections, GBV remains persistent and widespread in South Africa and violence against women occurs across socioeconomic status, race, age, and religion.
The report shows that:
- One in five (21%) of women has experienced physical violence by an intimate partner
- Divorced or separated women are more likely to have ever experienced physical violence (40%)
- Experience of sexual violence by women in the last 12 months highest among 18-24 year olds (3.2%)
- Experience of sexual violence by a partner was highest among women who are divorced or separated (16.4%)
Parliament had an urgent debate on violence against women on 1 June 2016. Democratic Alliance MP, Zak Mbhele, requested the urgent sitting following a public rise in violent crimes against women and children in the past few weeks. Francois Beukman, Chairperson of the Police Portfolio Committee, said that a joint meeting between the police, justice and women portfolio committees will be scheduled to allow members of the public and civil organisations to make submissions in Parliament.
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