Intimate partner violence

Men more likely to give marriage second chance

Divorced men are more likely to remarry after a divorce than women according to data from statistics SA. Johannesburg psychologist Asiphe Ndlela says many women are hesitant to remarry after a divorce especially soon after the dissolution of the marriage is finalized.

Raymond Haywala – Zambia

Raymond Haywala – Zambia

I would also like to see women being given more positions in power. At the Gender Links summit, I was so happy to see so many women in local government. It made me see what is possible, but also looking at my own community, I see how far we still have to go. I wish more men were exposed to these events; then they may be able to contribute to the gender agenda more positively. There is no doubt that too often when we speak of men and gender, they are the perpetrators of violence and oppression. We also need to talk about men who are upholding women’s rights, and promoting gender positively in their communities.

Esther Garoes – Namibia

Esther Garoes – Namibia

Gender Links has been an eye opener our communities. People have been ignorant of their rights. Some people have never seen or let alone read the constitution before. They do not even know that they can have access to womens rights policies that can benefit them. I comment Gender Links; the organization has worked tirelessly on the Centres of Excellence project of which my council is part.

Clara Makwara – Zimbabwe

Clara Makwara – Zimbabwe

The skills I gained through working with Gender Links have helped me come up with real change. I now have knowledge of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development; this has helped me look holistically at eliminating all forms of discrimination. I am very thankful for Gender Links for empowering me to teach other people. With this knowledge, combined with the skills I’ve gained on how to impart this knowledge and implement change, I am much more effective in my work. This has happened in addition to practical skills which have kept me abreast with the changing times, including computer skills. These in turn have strengthened my research skills, which empower me with even more knowledge. It is a positive cycle.

Mark Mentoor – South Africa

Mark Mentoor – South Africa

My role as an official within the council has also assisted me to deal with issues of gender based violence in my community, but the workshop with Gender Links really helped me to understand the role that I can play as a man to end GBV in my community. The Gender Mainstreaming workshop that I attended with GL really opened my eyes to a lot of things. The facilitators made it very easy for me to engage with the content of what we were being taught. At the same time, though, I realised that as much as we know that men are the perpetrators of violence, I also saw how important it actually was to also see things from another point of view.

Facilitating the mental health of women exposed to continuous intimate partner abuse in the Eastern Cape

The overall objective of this research study was the development of a psychiatric nursing science model that will provide a theoretical framework to facilitate the mental health of women exposed to continuous intimate partner abuse. In this thesis continuous intimate partner abuse will also refer to an abusive relationship. Violence against women is a global pandemic that costs the health and lives of more women than malaria, traffic, accidents and war combined (Holm 2000:12). It is stated that around the world at least one woman in every three has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Most often the abuser is a member of her own family. There are a few support structures in place in the rural communities for these women. For many women who have been abused health workers are the main and often the only point of contact with public services which may be able to offer support and information. Yet victims of violence who seek care from health professionals often have needs that providers do not ask about and do not know how to address.

Exploring counsellor burnout and personal accomplishment in organizations that empower abused women

Violence in South Africa has reached epidemic proportions. Violence against women is one area in which this social undercurrent continuously plays itself out. People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) and Rape Crisis, Cape Town (RCCT) are two organizations that use lay counsellors to focus specifically on counselling women who have endured rape and domestic violence. Burnout is widely recognized as a consequence of this helping profession. This quantitative study comprised of 26 female counsellors from POWA and RCCT, who completed questionnaires that included demographic data, the Maslach Burnout Inventory to measure levels of burnout and personal accomplishment, and the COPE that measures different coping styles. The statistical analysis used was Pearson’s correlation t-tests and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Results showed that this small sample group do not feel burned out, but rather have a sense of personal accomplishment

Espoir et bonheur qui est transformés en cauchemar

la violence domestique peur commencé par la violence verbale qui peut dégénérer en violence physique. Lova a tenté d’instaurer le bonheur dans la vie, dommage, elle a perdu.
A vingt ans, lova était sur les nuages, elle est étudiante et vient de remporter son concours d’entrée en en gestion. Elle vit dans un environnement de grande famille, beaucoup d’amis et elle la vie toit simplement. Par l’intermédiaire de ses amis, elle rencontré celui qu’elle considère pour l’amour de sa vie, et ils ont vécu ensemble. Son copain Sendra est très charmant, doux et drôle. Ainsi, Lova n’a jamais soupçonné que ce comportement cachait un besoin de contrôle qui conduirait Á  des abus.

Southern Africa: Political will needed to end GBV in the region

Gender Based Violence (GBV) continues to be one of the foremost concerns in the struggle to achieve gender equality in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The findings of a comparative research conducted between 2010 and 2011 in Botswana titled The Gender Based Violence Indicators Study Botswana reveal high prevalence of GBV in that country. One wonders, whether governments in SADC are committed to addressing the problem.

The study aimed to provide baseline data on the GBV extent, effect, response, support and prevention efforts in Botswana and calls for a state of emergency to be declared in a nation that envisions “A safe and secure nation by 2016À. In its Vision 2016 strategy, Botswana commits to the elimination of the violation of physical well-being and human rights.