The aims of the study is to inform policy direction on violence against women broadly, and to provide practitioners with pointers about specific service delivery issues. One thousand survivors of economic, emotional, physical and sexual abuse were interviewed across all nine provinces. Only women who had experienced abuse were interviewed. The findings do not therefore indicate the extent of violence against women in South Africa.
Ninety eight professionals working in the field of violence against women from across the country assisted in sourcing survivors and administering the interviews. The sample is, as a result, skewed in favour of those women who sought assistance after abuse.
Authors: Shahana Rasool, Kerry Vermaak, Robyn Pharoah, Antoinette Louw and Aki Stavrou