Year Published: 2017

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

Publisher: PLOS Journals

Suggested Citation: Abrahams N, Mathews S, Lombard C, Martin LJ & Jewkes R (2017) Sexual homicides in South Africa: A national cross-sectional epidemiological study of adult women and children. PLoS ONE 12(10).


Sexual homicides of women and children are extreme forms of violence against women and children and are located within the broader context of gender inequality and social norms that condone sexual violence and gender-based violence against women and children. The aim of this study is to describe the prevalence and characteristics of sexual homicide of women and children nationally in South Africa.