South Africa has various laws and policies to address violence against women and children (VAWC). However, the expressed intentions captured
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- South Africa has various laws and policies to address violence against women and children (VAWC). However, the expressed intentions captured within these legal instruments consistently fail to materialise into practices that facilitate access to justice for those affected.
- On 10 May 2018 Cabinet condemned violence against women and children and urgently started a review of how violence against women and children is being addressed. This was reiterated with the release of the 2018 National Crime Statistics on 11 September 2018. The statistics indicated:
- The Rate of reported rape is 70.7 per 100 000 people; Murders of women and children made up more than 19.3% of the total murder count in South Africa; and 50 108 sexual offences were recorded by police.
- The DPME has been working with the Department of Social Development (DSD) in an Inter-Ministerial Task Team for Violence Against Women and Children to review the response of the state to VAWC. A diagnostic evaluation of the response was made and weakness in service provision to victims was found. There was a concern about the inconsistency and lack of coordination in the provision of support services required by women and children who experience violence. Currently, a working group comprising various stakeholders, such as government officials, NGOs, consultants and international donors are exploring, for instance, the costing related to VAWC. The objective of this group is to develop a comprehensive package of support that builds on an existing body of work (EuropAid, 2020).
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