Women still at serious risk from partners

2013-04-02 22:32

Johannesburg - There has been no significant decrease in the rate of South African women murdered by their partners, the Medical Research Council of SA said on Tuesday.

"In South Africa, the murder of women by their partners remains a serious problem," senior researcher of the gender and health unit Naeemah Abrahams said in a statement.

According to a recent study led by Abrahams, the murder rate for women older than 14 was substantially lower in 2009 than in 1999.

The study found, however, that the rate of murder by an intimate partner, including a current or ex-husband or boyfriend, a same-sex partner or a rejected lover, did not decline at the same rate over the same period.

The study, published in PLOS magazine this week, was based on female homicide data collected from mortuary registers and databases, autopsy reports, and police interviews.

This information was then compared to the results of a similar study conducted in 1999.

The study found in 2009 there were 930 women murdered, compared to 1 052 in 1999. This equates to an overall female homicide rate of 12.9 per 100 000 women in 2009, compared to 24.7 in 1999.

"Although there was some evidence of a decrease in the rate of female murder by an intimate partner - 8.8 per 100 000 women in 1999 compared to 5.6 in 2009 - this decrease was not statistically significant," Abrahams said.

According to the study the conviction rate of those who killed their female partners remained unchanged between 1999 and 2009.

"The chance of convicting those who killed women, who were not their partners, had significantly decreased over the same periods.

The authors said the study was conducted to investigate whether there were changes in the prevalence and patterns of female homicide in 2009 compared to 1999.

"We had a particular interest in looking for changes that could have indicated success from the new gender-based violence legislation and perhaps accompanying prevention programming at a national level."

They continue: "There was evidence of change that we suggest is probably consequent on gun control legislation, and we did show difference in female homicide rates overall, but there was a lack of evidence that could be viewed as impact of gender-based violence policies and programming."

There was a significant decrease in the rate of women shot dead, from 7.5 per 100 000 women in 1999, compared to 2.5 in 2009.

A similar pattern held for murders committed both by the womens' partners and others.

The authors said while the exact factors leading to the decrease in homicide against women remained unknown, it appeared gun control legislation could have played a role.

The authors said there was a need for government to develop policy-driven prevention interventions to help combat gender-related homicide.

  • Victor Dikgang Mabule - 2013-04-02 23:54

    No comment if you do know what I mean!!!!

  • Zakhele Radebe - 2013-04-03 01:05

    its men who are at risk bcause we work hard to loose everything to women

      Thabo Mbewu - 2013-04-03 07:39

      @Radebe & Muchana: You are both idiots who happen to own phones with News24. You belong in jail for such thinking!! Illiteracy is too sad for words indeed!!!!

  • Jacque Raymer - 2013-04-03 01:32

    with all the racial crap going on in the country, why do they never post the crime rates according to race ? maybe because 99.99% of all violent crimes in SA is not commited by the white minority ? it would be interestng to actualy see these facts, but alas, ANC always makes sure these statistics are not posted publicly...

      Barefoot - 2013-04-03 06:17

      ''99.99% of all violent crime'' . . . violent crime lol and non-violent?

      Thabo Mbewu - 2013-04-03 07:34

      Jacque, c'mon don't expose your illiteracy level boy, statistically speaking, comparing figures between majority and minority, the denominator will always be lesser man!!! ABET is where you should start neh!!!! Idiot!!!

      Mdluli Vusi - 2013-04-03 08:35

      There is phrase in isizulu which says(indlala ibanga ulaka)it means hunger causes anger.So poor communities are always going to be high on violence rate then rich communities race is not the factor.

  • Wize Man - 2013-04-03 01:46

    Why is it that murder in general is on the increase? Why is it that rape is on the increase? For that matter, why is road accidents on the increase? Why is there a lack of service delivery, education, government services? Why are we forced to lock ourselves in our own homes? No more beach parties, no more "hiking" for lifts, no more free living. (Some of us) are mentally choked and forced not to be socialistic. The current condition of our country can only be blamed on the current government and the sad part is that they don't know it or they don't care I am not sure witch one of the two is the worst! I love my wife, daugther, mother, mother in law and will defend them or any other woman in distress. Please don't come to me with any of the above mentioned stats, because they are an insult to me, my generation, my gender and my culture.

      Thabo Mbewu - 2013-04-03 07:28

      @Wize man(witchman): no chief, what are you on about?

  • Mathekga Ngoako - 2013-04-03 02:21

    Haha, how will that help? Logic tells me that rate should be high among majority race else if found to be high on minotity then there's problem. Race classification is not going to help buy just going to make those with less rate to have denial.

  • Thabo Mbewu - 2013-04-03 07:47

    Those murderers don't deserve to live among people, they are stupid, weak fools with extreme low self-esteem! The unfortunate part is that they still perpetuate such selfish animalistic acts to younger male generations!!!! Here race is of no issue!!! Anyway there will always be foolish people that will play the race cards, we are not shaken by such!!!!

  • cosmic.tone.3 - 2013-04-03 08:09

    "The authors said while the exact factors leading to the decrease in homicide against women remained unknown, it appeared gun control legislation could have played a role." and it could have been Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy. This is a rubbish article with no proof on anything.

  • GB Garratt - 2013-04-03 08:50

    WTF are, "policy-driven prevention interventions"? I never trust people who use language like that to eve do anything useful.

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-03 08:59

    I see the trolls are out in force on the news sites. Must be the weather keeping them in their caves.

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-03 09:17

    Something tells me it's not the gun issue but rather education or access to info. Crimes of passion are committed with or without guns at hand. They should supply the stats on how these woman were murdered before they make unfounded allegations.

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-03 09:21

    So if guns did not cause the deaths and there weren't significant decline we can then assume these murders were as a result of stabbings, beatings or strangulation. Thus the gun issue is hereby closed. Proof, guns don't kill, people kill.

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