Guns and gender-based violence in South Africa
Methods. We drew on several South African studies including national homicide studies, intimate partner studies, studies with male participants and studies from the justice sector, to discuss the role of gun ownership on gender-based violence.
Conclusion. Guns play a significant role in violence against women in South Africa, most notably in the killing of intimate partners. Although the overall homicide data suggest that death by shooting is decreasing, data for intimate partner violence are not readily available. We have no idea if the overall decrease in gunshot homicides applies to women in relationships, and therefore gun control should remain high on the legislative agenda.
Naeemah Abrahams, Gender & Health Research Unit MRC
Rachel Jewkes, MRC
Shanaaz Mathews, Gender and Health Research Unit Medical Research Council
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Date published: 2010-09-07
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