Domestic abuse still rife in CT

Abused women often withdraw charges against their attackers because of their households.

A demonstrator at the official Launch of the 16 Days of Activism for no Vilolence Against Women and Children Campaign in Kimberley. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities said on Monday she has noted a growing number of domestic abuse cases reported in the Western Cape.

Member of Parliament (MP) Helen Lamoela said she visited police stations in Albertina and Heidelberg on Monday to conclude her 16 Days of Activism program.

Lamoela said despite police and social workers putting in the hours to try and prevent the scourge of domestic violence, more and more women are reporting such cases.

She said officials were dealing with huge case loads.

"The stats are still very high. They have about 80 cases per month that they need to see to and there are about 20 cases a week. Most of these cases occur over weekends."

Lamoela said police struggle with women who report their abusers because they withdraw the charges soon after.

"These women take out court orders against their attackers, but will not implement it because after the weekend they need to go back to their husbands who feed and take care of them, so they withdraw the case."

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign came to an end on Monday.