Today, was the launch of the Closing the gaps in services that respond to violence against women and children research report.
The University of Cape Town Children's Institute partnered with Masimanyane WRI in conducting this research, looking into the impact of children’s exposure to IPV. What women and children want from services or how they experience them, especially in rural African communities.
Some of the potential strategies to address the gaps:
- use indigenous languages in the criminal justice system
- Services for women affected by GBV must cater the needs of their children
- An integrated package of care for children to support women
- Strengthen the role of traditional and religious authorities
- A cascade approach to GBV training in government departments
- Awareness campaigns about how protection orders work and the training for SAPS on how to deal with protection order applications