Emo­tional abuse on the rise-SWAGAA

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Gugu Sime­lane

THE Swazi­land Ac­tion Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) says emo­tional abuse con­tin­ued to be a ma­jor form of abuse in the month of Au­gust.

A re­port from SWAGAA stated that when com­pared to other forms of abuse, emo­tional abuse cases re­ported were high. The sta­tis­tics were drawn from psy­choso­cial ser­vices ren­dered by the SWAGAA to sur­vivors in Manzini, One Stop Cen­tre in Mba­bane and Mba­bane GOV­ERN­MENT HOS­PI­TAL. This also in­cludes clients at­tended through Um­liba Loya Em­bili the Project. SWAGAA Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion Of­fi­cer Mcol­isi Dlamini said emo­tional and ver­bal abuse cases were fol­lowed by sex­ual, phys­i­cal and ne­glect was the least. “There were 28 recorded cases of emo­tional abuse, 13 cases of phys­i­cal abuse, seven of fi­nan­cial abuse, 15 cases of sex­ual abuse and nine cases of ne­glect”, he said. There were 46 sur­vivors in the Manzini re­gion who re­ported abuse re­lated cases, 10 in Hho­hho, Lubombo 12 and four in Shis­el­weni. “There were 53 fe­male and 19 male clients who re­ported abuse and post abuse ser­vices this month. In re­la­tion to per­pe­tra­tor pro­file, there were 55 male per­pe­tra­tors and 17 fe­male per­pe­tra­tors re­ported,” he said. Dlamini fur­ther dis­closed that rel­a­tives re­main the main per­pe­tra­tors of vi­o­lence. Th­ese in­clude par­ents, chil­dren, cousins, in-laws, un­cles, aunts and step-par­ents. “Home con­tin­ues to be the pre­dom­i­nant place where most of the re­ported abuse cases took place. This could be the sur­vivor’s or per­pe­tra­tor’s home that shows most of the abuse is brought by peo­ple who stay with and are known to the sur­vivor,” he said. Dlamini said in Au­gust alone, there were 16 abuse cases in­flicted on chil­dren by ei­ther the fa­ther or the mother. He said vi­o­lence cases be­tween boyfriend and girl­friend re­la­tions when com­pared to hus­band and wife and ex-part­ners re­la­tions were al­most the same. “Our sta­tis­tics show that there were 17 hus­band and wife abuse cases, 16 par­ent abuse cases, 16 rel­a­tive abuse cases, five (ex) boyfriend and girl­friend cases,” he said. Dlamini said with the rel­a­tives be­ing the main per­pe­tra­tors of abuse the home is the place where most cases of abuse oc­cur.

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