Continuing Medical Education

Understanding the intergenerational transmission of violence

N Woollett, K Thomson

Abstract


Intimate partner violence is a major public health and human rights issue in South Africa. This violence tends to run in families and generations, with little change over time and devastating consequences at individual, family and community levels. Understanding the mechanisms for intergenerational transmission of violence may offer important clues for prevention and intervention to halt this recurrence. Health professionals are well placed to identify patients at risk and intervene in families characterised by interpersonal violence.


Authors' affiliations

N Woollett, School of Clinical Medicine and School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

K Thomson, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Keywords

Intergenerational transmission; Intimate partner violence

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2016;106(11):1068-1070. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i11.12065

Article History

Date submitted: 2016-11-02
Date published: 2016-11-02

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