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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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Points of Contact

Points of Contact

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(p.125) Chapter Five Points of Contact
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Ending Gender-Based Violence
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Hannah E. Britton

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043093.003.0006

Survivors of gender-based violence engage the state at critical moments in their lives, and it is essential for the state to address a range of their emotional, medical, and legal needs. This chapter examines several such points of contact in South Africa, including the courts, the police, trauma centers, rape crisis centers, and medical facilities. This chapter finds that these institutions are often framed within a prosecution framework. While such carceral approaches are important, they fail to address the larger patterns of structural violence, inequality, and vulnerability that could prevent violence before it occurs. The chapter explores the toll of emotional labor, secondary trauma, and job insecurity faced by volunteers and staff in these institutions. This vulnerability may contribute to high turnover, perpetuating institutional instability.

Keywords:   gender-based violence, South Africa, courts, police, trauma centers, rape crisis, carceral, emotional labor, secondary trauma

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