- Victims of domestic abuse cannot always walk away from the situation as easily
- 75% of those who do try to escape from an abusive relationship ends up dead, according to research
- This was revealed by Brigadier Sipho Ngubane after the Victim Empowerment Centre (VEC) at the Dobsonville Police Station got a renovation
Brigadier Sipho Ngubane recently revealed that a shocking 75% of abused woman who tries to leave their partners end up dead.
That such horrific data should be revealed in Women's Month is indeed sad. This shows that the idea of 'victim empowerment' is almost nonexistent.
The Soweto Urban reported on how the Victim Empowerment Centre (VEC) at the Dobsonville Police Station was revamped.
This will hopefully aid the police in helping more women in better and more effective ways.
Assupol, the insurance giant, helped the police to overhaul the centre.
Ngubane said the conditions of the centre was depressing to those who were seeking help.
The Brigadier added that in most cases, victims of abuse are killed by those they love. He named Charlotte Dlamini, Karabo Mokoena and Zolile Khumalo as known victims who were murdered by their partners when they attempted to walk away from the abusive relationships they were caught in.
"It is hard for victims of abuse to leave the relationship, as the perpetrators would bribe their victims with gifts after the abuse," Ngubane said.
Often, the perpetrators would show remorse and 'try to make up for the pain they caused'.
Thabo Msimango of Assupol said they helped to paint and furnish the centre as part of their way of giving back to the community. Msimango added that Assupol plans to remain involved with the police station and the centre.
South Africans responded on social media to the news:
@tumisole - #WhatDiduDo
Before you ask: ‘Why didn’t she just leave the guy’ know this: 75% of women who try and leave the abuser end up being killed.
@mogaleadii26- Very true,most of us women we remain in this abusive relationships because we scared for our lives not knowing that it only gets worse
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