GBV (Gender-Based Violence) is the term used to describe any violence that occurs as a result of role expectations associated with each gender, as well as the unequal power relationships between the genders. In South Africa, one in five women older than 18 has experienced physical violence.
* This violence includes physical, verbal and emotional abuse, whether occurring in public or private life.
While anyone can be a victim of gender-based violence, women are disproportionately harmed by gender-based violence. Women and girls are the most at risk of gender-based violence, with recent crime statistics finding that a woman is murdered every three hours in South Africa.