'Domestic abuse getting worse'

A Mitchells Plain support group says more women are trapped in abusive relationships.

A Mitchell's Plain support group says more women are trapped in abusive relationships.

CAPE TOWN - A Mitchells Plain support group on Monday warned abuse, especially domestic violence, is becoming worse in the area.

They were marking the end of the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign.

The closing ceremony took place at the Westridge Sport Stadium.

Community member Marilyn Faro said women need to speak out more.

"The scourge of domestic violence is very high in Mitchells Plain, because many people are unemployed. Most women in the community are not really educated so they stay in abusive relationships because they are dependent on their partners."

Domestic violence has also been linked to alcohol and drug abuse.

Meanwhile, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will close the campaign by launching the National Council Against Gender-Based Violence in the North West province.

The council will facilitate in the provision of help and response to victims and survivors of gender-based violence.