On paper, the decline in reported gender-based violence (GBV) crimes looks like good news. The reality on the ground is very different: many women remain locked down with their abusers during the Covid-19 pandemic, unable to seek help from the police.
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Modiegi Merafe is a Senior Community Practitioner at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. He has worked mainly with South African ex-combatants, victims of violence and youth at risk.