The Epidemiology and the Pathology of Suspected Rape Homicide in South Africa

The Epidemiology and the Pathology of Suspected Rape Homicide in South Africa

This paper draws from a previous national study of female homicides in South Africa, describing the epidemiology of rape homicide in South Africa and explores the associated socio-demographic factors, indicators and patterns of injury.


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Naeemah Abrahams
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Naeemah Abrahams is the deputy director of the Gender and Health Research Unit of the Medical Research Council. She has a nursing background and completed a Masters in Public Health at UWC in 1997, followed by a PhD in Community Health in 2002 at UCT.

Lorna J Martin
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Lorna J Martin is an internationally acclaimed researcher and Head of the Division of Forensic Pathology at the University of Cape Town where she does research in Pathology, Toxicology and Forensic Science.

Rachel Jewkes
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Professor Rachel Jewkes is the Executive Scientist for Research Strategy in the Office of the SAMRC President. She is an A1 rated scientist. She was formerly Director of the South African Medical Research Council’s Gender and Health Research Unit and is an Honorary Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health. She holds a MBBS, MSc, MD Public Health Medicine from the University of London.

Shanaaz Mathews
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Shanaaz Mathews is the director of the Children’s Institute and a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town. She has 30 years’ experience in the women’s and children’s sectors. She has worked within civil society organizations as an academic and technical advisor to government programmes specializing in violence against women and child rights. She holds a PhD in Public Health and a Bachelor of Social Sciences both from the University of Cape Town.

Lisa Vetten
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Lisa Vetten is the former manager of the Gender Programme at the Centre for the study of Violence and Reconciliation. In 2013 she obtained a Master of Arts degree in Political Studies (cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her dissertation was entitled 'Deserving and undeserving women: A case study of South African policy and legislation addressing domestic violence.

Carl Lombard
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Carl Lombard is the Chief Specialist Statistician, Biostatistics Unit, SAMRC Senior Biostatistician at Div of Epi. & Biostatistics, US. He holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of the Freestate.

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