The Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Root Causes of Violence against Women and Children was established by the Cabinet in May 2012 to develop a comprehensive strategy to deal with the scourge of gender-based violence. It comprises the Ministers of Social Development, Women, Justice and Constitutional Development, Health, Home Affairs, Police and Basic Education. The findings of the research report have led to the development of the South African Integrated Programme of Action Addressing Violence against Women and Children: 2013-2018. This initiative now encompasses a revised programme of action for the period 2019 -2024 to address violence against women, children and vulnerable populations. The programme adopts a public health approach, a child rights and INSPIRE approach, a human rights approach, a participatory approach, a partnership-based approach that is intersectoral and a continuum of services that brings together prevention, response, care and support in a way that allows violence to be eliminated through targeting the cycle of violence.
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