Gender Based Violence and the Implementation of the Domestic Violence Act

‘On Thursday, 20th June the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office held a Round table on Gender Based Violence at the Sun Square Hotel in Gardens. The Roundtable was addressed by Ms Lisa Vetten, Mellon Doctoral Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand; AVC Bronwyn Pithey  from the Women’s Legal Centre and AVC Tarisai Mchuchu from Mosaic. The focus of the Roundtable was the failure to successfully implement the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act. This leaves victims very vulnerable with little recourse to protection. Furthermore, there are not enough shelters to accommodate those in need of sanctuary. The Roundtable was attended by a wide range of NGOs; CSOs and service providers’.