“I’m so glad that gender-based violence was not really SA’s second pandemic as a result of if it was — if we really noticed the numbers that have been anticipated — we’d have seen a whole crumbling and collapse of your complete well being system.”
That is the view of researcher Lisa Vetten, who on Wednesday launched the findings of latest analysis into the experiences of home violence victims and care suppliers throughout lockdown.
However whereas the analysis discovered that there was solely a modest enhance in reported instances, somewhat than the large will increase reported to be SA’s “shadow pandemic”, there have been big limitations in accessible info and an precise surge in instances was “seen on the bottom”.
Whereas particulars and nuances of obtainable info should not recognized, Vetten has discovered that different components have influenced the numbers and could also be masking what really occurred in houses.
Vetten and Bernadine Bachar, director of the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Ladies and Kids, seemed into what occurred with regard to home violence after SA went into lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in March final 12 months.
On the time the federal government elevated efforts to popularise its GBV helpline and declared shelters offering providers to ladies and their youngsters as an important service. And the violence command council tracked all studies.
“Proper to start with, police minister Bheki Cele brought about a stir when he introduced that the command council had taken 87,000 calls within the first week of lockdown and on the similar time shelters have been reporting an astounding enhance within the variety of calls they have been receiving,” Vetten stated.
However this was corrected just a few days later when Cele clarified that the quantity he had quoted was really the case complete for 2019, and that the proper variety of calls taken within the first week was really 2,300 — not all of which have been domestic-violence associated.
Vetten stated that on the time SA was rated 87.96 and 84.26 out of 100 on the Oxford Stringency Index, which charges the home violence hazard within the house when colleges, workplaces and companies have been closed, compounded by the ban on alcohol and cigarettes.