n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - An exploration of the efficacy of the Domestic Violence Act : a statistical analysis of domestic violence in the greater Johannesburg area, South Africa

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



Domestic violence is a serious social concern although its true extent is not known. Legislative efforts to curb domestic violence were first introduced in the early 1990s. The International Crime Victim Survey (ICVS) was recently conducted in the greater Johannesburg area in South Africa. This survey provided an opportunity to explore the broader picture of violence in the area, and included interviews with victims of sexual abuse and assault committed in domestic circumstances. Apart from a general overview of domestic violence, this article analyses victims' experiences - especially those of women and children (young persons), the underreporting of domestic violence to the police, as well as victims' views on the role of the police in domestic violence.

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