What is Femicide?

It is the killing of a female, or perceived female person on the basis of gender identity, whether committed within the domestic relationship, interpersonal relationship or by any other person, or whether perpetrated or tolerated by the State or its agents, and private sources.

(this was agreed by the committee members on the 04 October 2017)


  • How Many Femicides Will it Take? A Champion Boxer, A First-Year Student, 3 000 Others [Cosmopolitain, Sep 2019]
    Femicides have been dominating headlines for the last few weeks. One victim was Leighandre “Baby Lee” Jegels, a champion boxer on the cusp of an international career, killed by her ex-boyfriend. Another was Uyinene Mrwetyana, a UCT film student, in her first year, raped and bludgeoned at a post office. And those are just some that have made mainstream headlines.


Follow this link for links to the "Let's Talk Justice" radio series, discussing topics such as gender-based violence, domestic violence, etc.


Femicide Risk Assessement Tool for Victims of Domestic VIolence
This Risk Assessment Tool is primarily for use by victims of intimate partner violence. It is intended to assist them to assess the potential risk/harm they face by remaining in contact with their abusers. It is a tool that seeks to empower these victims to make informed decisions on whether or not to exit a domestic/intimate relationship as a means to protect themselves from future abuse/harm which may potentially lead to a domestic homicide or death if unattended.
- Femicide Risk Assessement Tool English
- Femicide Risk Assessement Tool English A3 version
- Femicide Risk Assessement Tool Xitsonga
- Femicide Risk Assessement Tool Tshivenda
- Femicide Risk Assessement Tool Sesotho
- Femicide Risk Assessement Tool Sepedi
- Femicide Risk Assessement Tool isiXhosa
- Femicide Risk Assessement Tool Siswati
- Femicide Risk Assessement Tool isiNdebele
- Femicide Risk Assessement Tool Afrikaans

Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Summit Declaration

In his speech on the occasion of the National Women’s Day 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that a National Summit on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Femicide would be held between government and civil society to jointly determine a roadmap to end the scourge of gender-based violence and killings of women and girls in our country.

"AND THAT THEREFORE this Presidential Summit against Gender-based Violence and Femicide is the President’s response to this demand, and is henceforth considered as a historical turning point since it has provided an opportunity for government, civil society and social movements to work together constructively with a common goal of eradicating gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa.

Crime against Women in South Africa, Crime Statistics Series Volume V. An in-depth analysis of the Victims of Crime Survey data
The current report is based on the Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS) data and some administrative data, to a lesser extent, from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The purpose of the report is to highlight the gender impact of crime in South Africa, with particular emphasis on the impact of crime on women. This includes the impact of crime on households headed by women. Statistical evidence provided in this report may assist policy makers, law enforcement agencies and civil society to gauge progress and plan interventions for protecting women as a vulnerable group.
[Jun 2018]

Reduce stress before you testify in court
Does your mind sometimes go blank when you think of things that frighten you or make you nervous? Or maybe your heart starts to beat really fast, your legs feel weak and your palms begin to sweat when you are nervous? Here are tips to relieve these symptoms when you are getting ready to testify in court.
[Feb 2018]

STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE! What you need to know
The Domestic Violence Act No. 116 of 1998 allows a victim of domestic abuse or violence to seek a Protection Order from the Magistrate’s Court against the person who is committing the abuse. This booklet is intended to give the victim the information that he or she needs to bring an application for a Protection Order in terms of the Domestic Violence Act. Both men and women can be guilty of or be victims of domestic violence.
However, For the purposes of this booklet however, we have depicted violence against women as this is more commonly encountered.
[Sep 2017]

Intimate Relationship Questionnaire, Summary of the Domestic Violence Act, 1998
Sometimes parties in an intimate relationship are not aware that their behavior is abusive or are being abused by their partners. Please take this opportunity to assess if you are abused or an abuser in your intimate relationship.
[Aug 2016]

My Satety Plan
A safety plan helps you to identify action steps that you must take in order to increase your safety and that of your family against domestic violence.
[Feb 2014]

Contact us

Contact the Chief Directorate: Promotion of the rights of Vulnerable Groups for more information.

contact info

  • Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
    Promotion of the Rights of Vulnerable Groups
    Mr Mulalo Netshisaulu
    Tel: 012 315 1512