Year Published: 2015

Authors: Patrick Burton, Catherine L Ward, Lillian Artz and Lezanne Leoschut

Publisher: Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention

Suggested Citation: Burton P, Ward CL, Artz L & Leoschut L (2015) The Optimus study on child abuse, violence and neglect in South Africa. Cape Town: Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention.


The Optimus Study provides the first-ever representative data in South Africa on child maltreatment and exposure to other forms of violence. This research bulletin addresses the lifetime prevalence of violence against children, as reported by 15–17 year old South Africans.