Episode 6: Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate Partner Violence and domestic abuse in South Africa

A look at domestic violence with a focus on unpacking the psychology of Intimate Partner Violence and the various ways in which it manifests outside of physical abuse. In this episode the hosts also look at the scale of the IPV problem and explore driving forces with a leading epidemiologist and IPV researcher.


  • Table Guest: Vanessa Govender, Journalist and author of “Beaten but Not Broken”
  • Elders Corner Guest: Prof. Naeemah Abrahams - Director,Gender and Health Research Unit, SA Medical Research Council
  • Allies Corner Guest: Mthetho Tshemese, Clinical Psychologist

Language Term

  • Domestic violence: “Kgokgontso ya mo malapeng”
  • Femicide: “Dipolao tsa bomme/basadi”


  • No-one is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow. - Alice Walker
  • Let’s shift the intergenerational cycle of violence to an intergenerational cycle of caregiving - Kopano Ratele
  • When I witness the resilience of women all over the world, rising above the most difficult situations,  I am reminded that I can never give up. - Zawadi Nyong’o
  • Yet, by publicly speaking out against domestic violence, together we can challenge attitudes towards violence in the home and show that domestic violence is a crime and not merely unacceptable. - Honor Blackman
  • It is in col­lec­tiv­i­ties that we find reser­voirs of hope and optimism. - Angela Y. Davis
  • A house where a woman is unsafe is not a home. - African Saying

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