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Understanding and Preventing Violence in Africa

1-2 November 2013

UCT SaVI in partnership with the Cape Higher Education Consortium and the Western Cape government, held a high level colloquium titled ‘Understanding and Preventing Violence in Africa’. The event took place on 1 and 2 November 2013 at the Premier Hotel Cape Manor in Sea Point. A key focus of the colloquium was on how to more effectively pursue violence prevention in the Western Cape.

The two-day colloquium brought together academics, government representatives and civil society organisations to discuss a variety of pertinent topics relating to violence and evidence-based violence prevention interventions. Examples of topics included: gender-based violence; substance abuse; youth violence; community violence; violence in schools; violence against children; and firearm violence. There was also a special panel which focused on the Western Cape government’s violence prevention framework.

Academics from a variety of universities presented at the colloquium, including: UCT; the University of KwaZulu-Natal; the University of Pretoria; the University of the Western Cape; the University of the Witwatersrand; the University of Stellenbosch; and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Representatives from the following Western Cape government departments also provided input: Community Safety; Health; and the Premier’s Office. In addition, representatives from Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading; the Safety Lab and a variety of civil society organisations presented.

The colloquium aimed to serve as a springboard for future cooperative, consultative and more focused engagement between academics, the Western Cape government and civil society organisations on prioritising violence prevention in the province. This forum provided an opportunity for relevant parties to gather together to consider and recommend appropriate approaches and programmes to significantly reduce and avert violence in the Western Cape.

Colloquium Presentations

Panel 1

1. Learning to love violence - Anthony Collins

2. Violent acts and violentization - Leon Holtzhausen

3. Does time of the week and month affect number of patients seen at a trauma unit in the Western Cape? Karen Milford

Panel 2

1. Responding to the smoke that calls - Monica Bandeira

2. Confronting the unspoken - Nomfundo Mogapi and Monica Bandeira

3. Child maltreatment and Sinuvoyo Caring Families Project - Jamie McLaren Lachman

4. Reducing Child Maltreatment in South Africa: Feasibility of a Locally Developed Parenting Program for At-Risk Low-Income Families  - Jamie McLaren Lachman

Panel 3

1. Gender-based and sexual violence in the tertiary sector - Sianne Abrahams

2. Technology and domestic violence - Tejumade Adeniran

Panel 4

1. Violence and substance abuse at GSH Trauma Centre - Astrid Leusink

2. Two brief interventions on substance abuse - Katherine Sorsdahl

3. Prevalence of TBI and behavioural and emotional outcomes in young male offenders - Pieter Erasmus

4. Prevalence and predictors of mental disorders in an injured emergency population - Catherine van der Westhuizen

Panel 5

1. Amandla EduFootball - Karl Voysey

2. Data analysis in Khayelitsha youth violence reduction study - Ian Edelstein

3. Engaging young people in violence prevention - Masifunde presentation on YSC

Panel 6

1. After the stick - Sharon Johnson

2. Gang related factors affecting educator morale - Karen Dos Reis

3. Photovoice violence prevention program - Leah Demetri

Panel 7

1. Getting 'real' about virtual peace-building - Guy Lamb

2. Tablet-based tool for prospective injury and violence surveillance at GSH - Eiman Zargaran, Andrew Nicol and Morad Hameed

Panel 8

1. Development of defense sector indicators - Jennifer Hazen and Karna Cohen

2. Post-independence conflict in the Sahel and the Great Lakes Region - Callixte Kavuro

Panel 9

1. Community safety - Gideon Morris

2. Integrated provincial violence prevention policy framework - Department of the Premier

3. What makes us unsafe? Gideon Morris

Panel 11

1. Gender justice and gender-based violence - Navindhra Naidoo

2. Poverty alleviation and violence prevention and CWP - David Bruce

3. The violence of justice and the justice of violence - Rob Ruts

Panel 12

1. Firearm injuries to children in Cape Town and the impact of the Firearms Control Act - Sebastian van As

2. Parenting and children's aggression in a sample of Cape Town parents - Catherine Ward

3. Understanding armed violence in South Africa - Natalie Jaynes