What is violence prevention? A new definition

A common definition is key in supporting advocacy and policy development in South Africa.

07 APR 2022  

This policy brief provides a definition of violence prevention developed by NGOs, researchers, government officials and representatives of development partners and the private sector. It aims to catalyse discussion, support policy development and advocacy, and encourage all South Africans to ask themselves what they are doing to prevent violence. The process of developing the definition was as important as the final product, entailing intensive knowledge exchange, debate and compromise. 



About the authors 


Ayanda Mazibuko (ISS), Chandré Gould (ISS), Nwabisa Shai (South African Medical Research Council), Tanya Jacobs (Independent practitioner and PhD candidate, UWC School of Public Health), Jill Ryan (Equality Institute, Stellenbosch University), Matodzi Amisi (ISS), Stephen Miller (Save the Children SA), Tarisai Mchuchu (Mosaic), Patricia Watson (Department of Basic Education), Tshepiso Machabaphala (Department of Health), Ronelle Hlongwane (Department of Basic Education), Muriel Mafico (UNICEF), Thamsanqa Mzaku (Phaphama Initiatives), Joan Moeketsi (GIZ), Rachel Rozentals-Thresher (Dlalanathi), Shamiso Chimede (Tshikululu), Nomsa Nabo (Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities). 


Image: © Violence Prevention Forum

This policy brief is funded by GIZ, the World Childhood Foundation and the Government of Ireland. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

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