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Ending Gender-Based ViolenceJustice and Community in South Africa$
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Hannah E. Britton

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043093

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043093.001.0001

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(p.98) Chapter Four Police
Ending Gender-Based Violence

Hannah E. Britton

University of Illinois Press

The South African police are widely critiqued for their institutional failures and widespread corruption, but the communities in this project point to the importance of the police in efforts to address violence, punish perpetrators, and protect survivors. This is a chilling finding, given the wide discretion the police exercise in cases of abuse and violence. This chapter examines some of the factors that help police stations become positive community leaders, including sector policing, visible policing, community policing, and victim support. The chapter also reveals their overreliance on contracting out key service delivery to volunteers. Volunteers and police also expressed a high level of burnout and secondary trauma working in this sector.

Keywords:   South Africa, police, gender-based violence, sector policing, discretion, visible policing, community policing, victim support, contracting out, secondary trauma

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