Inventory of Evidence-Based, Research-Based, and Promising Programmes  for Adult Corrections

Inventory of Evidence-Based, Research-Based, and Promising Programmes for Adult Corrections

A list of interventions which have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing offending behaviour with adult offenders.

These studies are designed to provide policy makers with objective information about  which programs or policy options (“programs”) work to achieve desired outcomes (e.g., reduce  crime) and the…

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Gender (in)equality in South African families: A call for policies and programmes to promote egalitarian gender relations in the home

Gender (in)equality in South African families: A call for policies and programmes to promote egalitarian gender relations in the home

Extremely high levels of violence and HIV/Aids have been documented in South Africa. Research has also demonstrated the ways in which particular notions of masculinity and femininity are intertwined with practices of violence and sexual risk. In particular, men and boys’ adherence to versions of masculinity that privilege dominance, physical…

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Addressing the vulnerability of men in South African violence prevention policy: a call to make males visible in policies and programmes tackling violence

Addressing the vulnerability of men in South African violence prevention policy: a call to make males visible in policies and programmes tackling violence

South Africa has a significant violence problem. Violence is endemic among women and girls, with a significant proportion of traumatic events linked to sexual violence, which is grossly underreported (1). However, although the rate of female homicide involving intimate partners is alarmingly high, at six times the global rate (2),…

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Capacity assessment of mental health services for rape victims in acute health-care settings: A rapid appraisal of services in the Western Cape Province

Capacity assessment of mental health services for rape victims in acute health-care settings: A rapid appraisal of services in the Western Cape Province

Sexual violence and HIV are two serious public health problems in South Africa. Population-based prevalence studies with men found 28.37% disclose rape perpetration and 12.25% of women report victimisation (Machisa, Jewkes et al. 2011). In 2012, UNAIDS reported substantial decreases in new HIV infections, but HIV remains a critical health…

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Rape Justice In South Africa: A Retrospective Study Of The Investigation, Prosecution And Adjudication Of Reported Rape Cases From 2012

Rape Justice In South Africa: A Retrospective Study Of The Investigation, Prosecution And Adjudication Of Reported Rape Cases From 2012

Rape is a significant societal and public health problem in South Africa. The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act No. 32 of 2007 provides a legal framework for responding to sexual offences and an integrated response framework for victim-friendly service provision including the prescription of directives for…

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Economic strengthening activities in child protection interventions: An adapted systematic review

Economic strengthening activities in child protection interventions: An adapted systematic review

The past two decades have seen a growing focus on both poverty reduction and promoting children’s rights. In children’s rights, the right to protection from exploitation, abuse and violence has often been a ‘Cinderella’ area; it is considered to affect relatively few children, and as a specialist area of social…

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What can internationally comparable quantitative data tell us about how gender norms are changing?

What can internationally comparable quantitative data tell us about how gender norms are changing?

This Research and practice note outlines how standardised national surveys, opinion data and administrative data from developing countries, collected at regular intervals, can reveal important information about how gender norms affect adolescent girls, and whether prevailing norms are changing.

Developing country governments regularly collect nationally representative data relevant…

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Changing gender norms: monitoring and evaluating programmes and projects

Changing gender norms: monitoring and evaluating programmes and projects

To understand whether projects and programmes to change discriminatory gender norms affecting adolescent girls are having their intended effect – and to make the necessary changes if they are not – it is important to monitor change (or lack of change) at regular intervals.  As well as being vital to…

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How communications can change social norms around adolescent girls

How communications can change social norms around adolescent girls

Poised at the intersection between childhood and adulthood, adolescent girls face unique challenges to the full development and exercise of their capabilities. Child marriage and under-investment in girls’ education are two such challenges that continue to limit girls’ trajectories, fuelled in part by discriminatory social norms that uphold these practices…

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Young people as agents and advocates of development

Young people as agents and advocates of development

This report and evidence map present the available evidence concerning the impact of interventions and initiatives that aim to support young people’s greater involvement in development processes in two key ways: as ‘agents’, leading and implementing initiatives, and as ‘advocates’, participating in and influencing political and decision-making

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Understanding Of The Direct And Indirect Determinants Of Violence Against Women And Children  In South Africa

Understanding Of The Direct And Indirect Determinants Of Violence Against Women And Children In South Africa

Understanding these drivers therefore provides a gateway  into building effective child protection systems based on  violence prevention. Understanding the true extent of  violence against children has also been challenging due to  the lack of reliable national prevalence estimates as well as  the magnitude of under-reporting of some types of violence.  …

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The Essential Package  Early childhood services and support to young children in South Africa

The Essential Package Early childhood services and support to young children in South Africa

This publication defines the essential components that are required for the healthy development of the country’s most vulnerable young children, to promote their growth and well-being.

The Essential Package, in line with the National Integrated ECD Policy, views ECD services as a continuum of interventions, with

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Building local ECD knowledge

Building local ECD knowledge

In 2008, Ilifa commissioned five non-profit organisations to test various models of community-based ECD across four South African provinces. This resulted in a four-year programme known as the Sobambisana (‘Togetherness’) Initiative.

The Sobambisana Initiative comprised five kinds of interventions:

  1. home visits to caregivers and children

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The prevention of violence in childhood through parenting programmes: a global review

The prevention of violence in childhood through parenting programmes: a global review

Child maltreatment is a global problem affecting both high income  (HICs) and low and middle income countries (LMICs). However research  has shown that children who live in the world’s poorest countries  and communities are more likely to suffer from abuse and neglect.  There is some evidence that parenting interventions can…

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Disclosure of physical, emotional and sexual child abuse, help-seeking and access to abuse response services in two South African Provinces

Disclosure of physical, emotional and sexual child abuse, help-seeking and access to abuse response services in two South African Provinces

Physical, emotional and sexual child abuse are major problems in  South Africa. This study investigates whether children know about  post-abuse services, if they disclose and seek services, and what  the outcomes of help-seeking behaviour are. It examines factors  associated with request and receipt of services. Confidential self- report questionnaires were…

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The frequency and predictors of poly-victimisation of South African children and the role of schools in its prevention

The frequency and predictors of poly-victimisation of South African children and the role of schools in its prevention

Violence has become a characteristic feature of South African  society, with women and children often bearing the brunt of this.  Contemporary research suggests that the key to stemming the tide  of child victimisation is understanding the complete inventory of  victimisations that may co-occur during childhood. There is growing  recognition that…

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