Emotional abuse on the rise-SWAGAA
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.