Violence against LGBT+ persons: ‘honour’ and heteronormativity

Heteronormativity is the belief that genders are male or female and that married heterosexuality is the only (appropriate) sexual orientation or norm. This sort of belief is strongly associated with violence towards those who identify as other than their birth-assigned gender and those who do not conform to the dictates of married/monogamous heterosexuality.The idea of … Continue reading Violence against LGBT+ persons: ‘honour’ and heteronormativity

Cellphones, GPS, taxi drivers, social media … the new forms of stalking and surveillance of survivors of violence

In any situation of violence, but especially HBV where the community plays a ‘policing’ role, a help-seeker’s movements may be under watch and liable to be reported to the abuser or abusers. Even taking a taxi to shelter can be a source of danger if the driver and abuser are acquainted with each other. The … Continue reading Cellphones, GPS, taxi drivers, social media … the new forms of stalking and surveillance of survivors of violence

Understanding where the client is at: The practical value of consultation in a client-centred approach to prevent violence

The client-centred approach has 4 Rs - recognizing, responding, referring and reconnecting. All the components involve seeing the client ‘in context’, as a person who is part of a relational whole, e.g the family unit and the community, rather than in an atomised sense as a single individual. Knowing that violence occurs in a context, … Continue reading Understanding where the client is at: The practical value of consultation in a client-centred approach to prevent violence