NATIONAL NEWS - About 736 million women worldwide are subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner or a non-partner during their lifetime.
This is according to a press release on 9 March, regarding the latest data from the World Health Organisation and its partners.
The report presents data from the largest ever study of the prevalence of violence against women which was conducted by WHO on behalf of a special working group of the United Nations.
Based on data from 2000 to 2018, it updates previous estimates released in 2013.
According to the report, the prevalence of violence starts early. It is stated that one in four young women, aged 14 to 24 years, who have been in a relationship, will have suffered violence at the hands of an intimate partner by their mid twenties.
While the statistics are alarming, they do not include the gender based violence committed during the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown.
The regions of Oceania, Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa have the highest prevalence of intimate partner violence among women aged 15 to 49, ranging from 33% to 51%. The lowest rates are found in Europe (16-23%), Central Asia (18%), Eastern Asia (20%) and South-Eastern Asia (21%).
Victims of domestic violence are urged to obtain a protection order, which is issued by the local magistrate's court.
This applies to:
- anybody who suffers from abuse, be it physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional, verbal or mental maltreatment, the wilful withholding of financial resources, intimidation, harassment, stalking, damage to property, controlling or abusive behaviour, where such conduct harms their safety, health or wellbeing.
- anybody who is or was in a family, love, intimate or sexual relationship, irrespective of whether they were married or merely cohabited or shared a family home.
Victims of the above may also apply for a protection order after hours at the closest police station.
An interim court order will be granted by the magistrate, indicating a future date upon which all parties will have to appear in court.
Both parties will then be given an opportunity to address the magistrate, who will then decide whether the protection order will be made final.
Valid for life
Upon being made final, the protection order remains in force for life and is enforced all across South Africa.
It may only be altered if an application is lodged through the prescribed channels.
If any of the parties do not adhere to the determinations of the protection order, the applicant should take the final protection order to the closest police station and lodge a complaint.
A docket has to be opened by the police and they must investigate the complaint.
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