n Journal of Gender, Information and Development in Africa (JGIDA) - Treatment of women and domestic violence in Africa

Volume 4, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 2050-4276
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4284


Domestic violence is one social problem that does not discriminate in reference to oneâ??s culture, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, and surprisingly gender (Tenkorang, Owusu, Yeboah, & Bannerman, 2013). Apartheid ended well over ten years ago, and South Africa is facing another crisis, domestic violence. The highest rates of murder, rape, and HIV infection can be found in South Africa, which makes it the most dangerous place to live. Their per capita murder rate is 59 per 100,000 which was found to be the highest in the world (Wong, Juang, DiGangi, Thompson, & Smith, 2008). Domestic violence threatens the foundation of the family and is prevalent in all socioeconomic backgrounds in South Africa (Wright, Kiguwa, & Potter, 2007). Domestic violence is a serious social, public health, and human rights problem in South Africa, that needs to be eradicated for the health and welfare of women and their children. Unfortunately, South Africa is known world wide for the ill treatment of women (Wright, Kiguwa, & Potter, 2007). It is one of the most religious and violent societies in the world (Petersen, 2009). Unfortunately, the home in South Africa is not a safe haven for many females (Wong et al, 2008).

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