Research shows that domestic violence against women remains widespread and under-reported in South Africa and that victims of violence are not effectively supported by public services. Insufficient specialised services and the absence of professional services to support women and girl victims of violence are only two factors that contribute to non-reporting of crimes of violence. The situation for many women is worsened by poor access to education, limited knowledge regarding reproductive health risks, society’s restrictive gender norms, and discrimination against women in employment.
The South Africa Victims of Crime Survey of 2018 showed that although the crime rate in South Africa decreased between 2013 and 2017 in general, violent crimes against women, such as sexual assault, have increased dramatically between 2015 and 2017.
Sisters For Change, in its role as a consortium member of the Equality & Justice Alliance, convened a High-Level Political Dialogue in Johannesburg in November 2018 to champion legal reform of discriminatory laws against women and girls and LGBT people in Commonwealth Africa.