Violence against women is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. Family Law states that “South Africa has one of the highest incidences of domestic violence in the world”. Women abuse knows no social, economic or national boundaries. 


Violence against women can take many forms. According to Family Law, violence against women is a pattern of abusive behavior which is used to obtain power and control and can be active in any type of relationship. Violence against women can be anything from physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, intimidation, harassment, stalking and even economic abuse (limiting the victim’s ability to support herself). 


Victims of violence can suffer sexual and health consequences, including: forced and unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, permanent damage to sexual organs, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, psychological consequences and even death. 

Don’t take the blame, break the cycle and seek help. Every incident of abuse suffered by a child or woman reflects failure to respond to the cries of the most vulnerable in our midst. It is in everyone’s power and within everyone’s means to contribute to the fight against the abuse of women and children. 

For a confidential talk or Psychosocial assistance, kindly call Careways on 0800 004770 or SMS your name to number 31581, they will call you back. 

Issued by: 

Department of Communications & Marketing 

University of Venda 
Tel: (015) 962 8525 
Date: 20 August 2020 

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