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The basic facts about women abuse
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The Basic Facts About Women Abuse

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. *

*2016, Gender-Based Violence in SA.

Domestic abuse is a type of GBV, but this can be more than just physical abuse. It is any physical, emotional or financial behaviour that;

  • Controls another person.
  • Causes physical harm or fear.
  • Makes someone do things they do not want to do.
  • Prevents someone from doing things they want to do.

Abused women usually experience multiple forms of abuse.

The misconception about abused women who stay is that ‘’it can’t be that bad’’. The reality is that there are many factors that don’t allow them to leave an abusive relationship.

  • Financial dependence on the abuser.
  • Lack of knowledge of her rights.
  • Belief that the police can’t or won’t help her.
  • Belief that she, as a woman deserves the abuse.
  • Belief that the abuser will change or that she can make it stop if she tries hard enough.
  • The abuser may forbid her to see other people or threaten to harm people she cares for.
  • Those she turns to for help may not believe her or blame her.
  • Shame and embarrassment about the abuse.
  • Belief that the children need their father.

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