Year Published: 2016

Authors: Shanaaz Mathews, Rajen Govender, Guy Lamb, Floretta Boonzaier, Andrew Dawes, Catherine Ward, Sinegugu Duma, Lauren Baerecke, Giselle Warton, Lillian Artz, Talia Meer, Lucy Jamieson, Rebecca Smith and Stefanie Röhrs

Publisher: Safety and Violence Initiative (SAVI)

Suggested Citation: Mathews S, Govender R, Lamb G, Boonzaier F, Dawes A, Ward C, Duma S, Baerecke L, Warton G, Artz L, Meer T, Jamieson L, Smith R & Röhrs S (2016) Towards a more comprehensive understanding of the direct and indirect determinants of violence against women and children in South Africa with a view to enhancing violence prevention. Cape Town: Safety and Violence Initiative, University of Cape Town.


The main objective of this report is to provide the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) to Investigate the Root Causes of Violence Against Women and Children with a critical analysis of the risk and protective factors, or determinants, associated with violence (physical, sexual and emotional) against women and children in South Africa, as well as an in-depth understanding of the relationship between the relevant variables, and to recommend practical violence reduction and prevention interventions.