Early Intervention: A foundation for lifelong violence prevention

  • Sarah Skeen Stellenbosch University
  • Mark Tomlinson Stellenbosch University
  • Catherine L Ward University of Cape Town
  • Lucie Cluver University of Oxford; University of Cape Town
  • Jamie Lachman University of Oxford
Keywords: violence, children, violence prevention, South Africa, poverty, homicide rate, risk

Abstract

High levels of violence affect every family in South Africa. Exposure to violence starts early, in both the home and community. There are high levels of physical abuse of children, and the national under-five homicide rate is more than double that of other low- and middle-income countries. Rates of violence are particularly high in poorer communities in the country, and many children already made vulnerable by poverty are also at risk from increased exposure to violence.

Author Biographies

Sarah Skeen, Stellenbosch University
Centre for Public Mental Health, Department of Psychology
Mark Tomlinson, Stellenbosch University
Centre for Public Mental Health, Department of Psychology
Catherine L Ward, University of Cape Town

Department of Psychology and the Safety
and Violence Initiative 

Lucie Cluver, University of Oxford; University of Cape Town
Department of Social Policy and Intervention; 

Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health

Jamie Lachman, University of Oxford

Department  of Social Policy and Intervention 

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Published
2015-03-08
Section
Research articles