Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
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24 Apr 2020
6:27 pm

Domestic violence stats could be misleading

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Civil society organisations have warned that cases of domestic violence could be much higher than recent statistics suggest, due to victims being unable to report cases and fearing being left destitute should they do so during the lockdown.

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Experts fear that violence against women and children could be on the increase, as lockdown conditions created a dangerous cocktail of risk factors for those cohabiting with violent people. The Department of Social Development's domestic violence hotline received over 2,000 calls in a single week, according to recent reports. This "alarming" number was indicative of a spike in domestic violence, according to NGO Sonke Gender Justice. The advocacy group's senior strategic advisor Bafana Khumalo said the group was concerned that women and children living with violent adults were experiencing increased vulnerability to threats of violence and left with fewer options...