Domestic violence on the rise

Domestic violence cases have risen over the past three years and a women’s rights group has attributed the increase to the poor economic situation in the country.


According to statistics released by Musasa project, cases of domestic violence recorded at the magistrate courts countrywide rose from 1 940 in 2008 to 7 3268 in 2010. By the end of the first quarter of this year, the recorded cases were already 2 536.

Lindile Ndebele, the Musasa Project Manager, said 50% of the reported cases were withdrawn by the women who initially reported them.

“In most of the cases, the perpetrators are men who are also breadwinners. Because the women under attack are economically disempowered, they sadly withdraw the cases. When a woman makes a report, she has usually been abused for many years.”

Ndebele also highlighted that the situation needed a comprehensive approach from all stakeholders.

“We are in the process of establishing one point centres where the police, rights groups, health practitioners and others are stationed so that victims can be helped,” she said.

Deputy Women Affairs Minister Jessie Majome said women should be economically empowered in all sectors to avoid this abuse.


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