Country South Africa
Year 2018
Type of Measure Research and statistical data > Dedicated violence against women survey
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description

In 2018, the University of Cape Town released the first study of violence against pregnant women at the hands of their intimate partners. The study found that violence against pregnant women is also committed by family members, and that 15% of women had experienced abuse ranging from sexual and physical to emotional and verbal. The researchers found that the high level of violence was associated with poverty– related factors, including food-insecurity, mental ill-health, unemployment, unwanted pregnancies and past experience of abuse. In its most severe form, violence against pregnant women has been reported as a contributor of maternal deaths.

Source of Information

South Africa's submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019, p.123

For more information: Pregnant women in South Africa suffer at hands of violent partners