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)

  1. Has your abuser ever threatened to kill /harm you or your family?

  2. Has your abuser ever been charged with the violation of a protection order?

  3. Is the violence or controlling behaviour becoming worse?

  4. Has your abuser ever raped you, attempted to rape or forced you to do any sexual act without your permission?

  5. Do you think your abuser has a problem with substance abuse such as alcohol or drugs or prescription drugs that lead him/her to become violence?

Follow this link for the full risk assessment tool.

Femicide Watch

On 25 November 2015, in the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences's report to the General Assembly (A/71/398), she considered the data collection and analysis on femicide as a global challenge, and requested all state parties to establish a Femicide Watch.

In 2018, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development heeded to the UN call and commenced with the establishment of the very first Femicide Watch in the African continent.

The Femicide Watch is the repository of all cases of femicide in a country and is established to assist in the following:
(i) Capture and track down every femicide case; (ii) Carefully analyse data to determine trends and profiles of offenders and victims; (iii) Develop responsive and impactful policies, laws, programmes and initiatives; (iv) Channel resources for intervention to areas of need; (v) Periodically publish the Femicide Watch to raise awareness on femicide and keep the country’s memory alive to the realities of the tragedies, as a prevention measure, etc.

Follow this link to read more on the Forms of Femicide and keep an eye on this space for published statistics.


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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
    MNetshisaulu@justice.gov.za