Resources: Rights & Justice

From work with men and boys to changes of social norms

The third in the Lancet Special series on violence against women and girls, this paper reviews evidence of intervention effectiveness in the reduction of violence or its risk factors, features commonly seen in more effective interventions, and how strong evidence-based interventions can be developed with more robust use of theory. Future interventions should emphasise work with both men and boys and women and girls to change social norms on gender relations, and need to appropriately accommodate the differences between men and women in the design of programmes.

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The health systems response to violence against women

The second in the Lancet Special series on violence against women and girls, this looks at the evidence for clinical interventions and discusses components of a comprehensive health system approach that helps healthcare providers to identify and support women subjected to intimate partner or sexual violence. Five country case studies (including South Africa) show the diversity of contexts and pathways for development of a health system response to violence against women. Although additional research is needed, strengthening of health systems can enable providers to address violence against women, including protocols, capacity building, effective coordination between agencies, and referral networks.

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Prevention of violence against women and girls: what does the evidence say?

The first in the Lancet Special series on violence against women and girls, this paper reviews evidence for interventions to reduce the prevalence and incidence of violence against women and girls. The reviewed studies cover a broad range of intervention models, and many forms of violence – intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual assault, female genital mutilation, and child marriage. Evidence is highly skewed towards that from studies from high-income countries, with these evaluations mainly focusing on responses to violence.


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Integrated Programme of Action: Addressing Violence Against Women and Children

The Department of Social Development has recently published the South African Integrated Programme of Action: Addressing Violence Against Women and Children (2013-2018) on its website. The document itself has a publication date of August 2014 – although it was not in the public domain at that time – and outlines “comprehensive, multisectoral and long-term strategic interventions, emphasising government accountability, for ending violence”.

There is still no National Strategic Plan to address gender based violence – a plan that civil society has been calling for.

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The Right and the Real

A Shadow Report Analysing Selected Government Departments’ Implementation of the 1998 Domestic Violence Act and 2007 Sexual Offences Act. The report examines government’s compliance with their constitutionally mandated
duties, taking as its point of departure two pieces of legislation key to combating violence against women. Published by the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre to End Violence Against Women in December 2010.

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People Living With HIV Stigma Index 2014

Summary report of research conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) for the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) with the People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Sector  to measure the levels of stigma and discrimination experienced by PLHIV in the general population of South Africa. The research also explores how this information could be used to strengthen programmes and service delivery and measures levels of TB-related stigma experienced by PLHIV in South Africa. May 2015

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