Violence prevention has gained prominence in the South African policy landscape and academic discourse. The 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security1 and National Strategic Plan on Gender-based Violence and Femicide (NSP on GBVF)2 underline the importance of preventing violence. The policies also acknowledge that prevention requires action from various stakeholders. They call for a whole-of-society approach, which means that interventions are needed to address the risk factors for violence at individual, family, community and policy levels. This needs collective action by government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), development partners and the private sector.
About the author
Matodzi Amisi is a Senior Research Consultant, Justice and Violence Prevention Programme at the Institute for Security Studies.