Year Published: 2013

Authors: Shanaaz Mathews, Naeemah Abrahams, Rachel Jewkes and Lorna J Martin

Publisher: Health and Medical Publishing Group

Suggested Citation: Mathews S, Abrahams N, Jewkes R & Martin LJ (2013) Underreporting child abuse deaths: Experiences from a national study on child homicide. South African Medical Journal, 103(3): 132-133.


While undertaking research for the recent National Female and Child Homicide Study, it became apparent that medical practitioners, and especially forensic pathologists, often deviate from their legal and ethical obligations when the cause of a death raises suspicion of child abuse or neglect.