Violence and Abuse in the Lives of Women and Girls Incarcerated in Three Gauteng Women's Prisons

Violence and Abuse in the Lives of Women and Girls Incarcerated in Three Gauteng Women's Prisons

This following research brief presents findings from a study conducted in three women's prisons in Gauteng exploring these two questions. It briefly describes the nature and extent of violence experienced by women and girls in conflict with the law, both prior to as well as during incarceration; and the relationship between such experiences of violence and the commission of unlawful acts. Both sets of questions are important for the prevention of women's offending, as well as the informed sentencing and management of female offenders.


Sadiyya Haffejee
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Sadiyya Haffejee is a former CSVR researcher and trainer. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the North-West University.

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.

Mike Greyling
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Mike Greyling is a senior consultant and partner at DMSA. He has consulted for numerous organizations, over a broad range of issues. He obtained his BA Honours Psychology and MSc Stats from the University of Witwatersrand.


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