In 2006 the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cabinet committee decided to contract the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) to carry out research aimed at enhancing understanding of the nature of violence in South Africa with a view to strengthening government's response to this problem. The overall project was largely underpinned by an interest in the distinction between violence committed between "strangers", as in most robberies, and violence committed between "acquaintances", as in a family dispute and many other arguments that culminate in violence. This document is the report on the fifth component of the study.
Dr. Venessa Barolsky is a research leader with extensive experience in academic, applied and evaluation research. Her research combines critical scholarly engagement with policy and practice relevance
Her career has largely been shaped by a concern with social justice, human rights and social impact. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Witwatersrand.
Prof. Suren Pillay is currently Senior Researcher and Associate Professor in the Centre for Humanities Research. He holds an M.Phil., and a PhD in Anthropology with distinction, from Columbia University in New York (2011). He also has a Masters (cum laude) in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
Nadia Sanger is a Senior Lecturer in the department of English Studies at Stellenbosch University. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Women's and Gender studies from the university of the Western Cape.
Catherine L. Ward is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina, USA.