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01 Sep 2020

Perpetrators of gender-based violence don’t have a specific personality type

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By Dane Isaacs, Benita Moolman and Catherine Ndinda

The recent allegations against a Cape Town musician brought to light the distorted notions of perpetrators and perpetration that continue to dominate South African’s conversations about acts and patterns of gender-based violence against women and children.

Isaacs is a PhD intern at the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (HSRC) and a doctoral candidate in the department of psychology at Stellenbosch University. Moolman is the programme manager of the Global Citizenship Programme at UCT and Ndinda is a human settlements and gender specialist at the HSRC.

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