Venue details

120 De Korte Street
Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng ZA
South Africa

tel: +27 11 4035740
fax: +27 11 4032401





The conference will accommodate the participation of a total of 120 delegates. Travel, accommodation and conference participation for up to 60 delegates from outside the Gauteng province will be catered for.



Call for papers

The official language of the conference will be English. Deadline for submission of abstracts is September 19th, 2008.

Please submit abstracts by e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Abstracts must be submitted as Word or RTF-files. They should be written in double-space and not exceed 300 words in length. Please include the title, author (s) names, organisation (if applicable), and e-mail address at the top of the abstract.

Oral presentations
Every speaker will be allowed 20 minutes. Standard power point facilities will be available in all the conference rooms.

Review of abstracts
Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the conference working group.
Authors will be informed about the decision of the working group not later than October 6th, 2008.
Presenting authors need to be registered as participants at the conference.
Selected papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference journal. The selection of the conference papers to be published in the conference journal will be done by the conference working group.

The conference working committee is interested in papers addressing the following issues; however, papers dealing with other domestic violence topics are welcome.

Implementation of the Domestic Violence Act (DVA) over the past 10 years: Analysis and Reflection
• The role of police and the courts in the implementation of the Act
• Domestic Violence and health: the response of the health sector, psycho-social support, etc.
• The DVA and budgetary allocations
• Interface between the DVA and other legislation e.g. Sexual Offences  Act, Child Care Act, gun laws
• Children and the DVA
• Reflecting on the role of civil society organisations working in the domestic violence field: gains and challenges.
• Service provision for women survivors of domestic violence: shelters, counselling services, etc.
• Public awareness on domestic violence and the DVA.

Current issues and debates
• Domestic Violence and HIV/AIDS
• Poverty, women’s economic dependence and domestic violence
• Marginalized women and domestic violence
• Sanctioning domestic violence and working with offenders: restorative justice initiatives
• Models on integrated service delivery
• Media coverage of domestic violence
• Social impact of domestic violence
• Beyond legislative responses: assessing interventions aimed at promoting the cultural changes needed to prevent domestic violence
• Primary prevention programmes to address domestic violence
• Community-based interventions to prevent and eradicate domestic violence
• Feminist perspectives on domestic violence: theory, research ethical and methodological considerations, language, victims or survivors representation
• Global culture normalising violence and the links to domestic violence
• Southern Africa regional perspectives on domestic violence and lessons from the international community.

Future agenda
• Does the Domestic Violence Act need reforms?
• Alternative mechanisms to the Domestic Violence Act
• Mechanisms for bringing domestic violence from the private to the public sphere
• Public interest litigation on domestic violence
• Promoting civic duty to address domestic violence in communities
• Measuring the costs of domestic violence to society
• New thinking about services for survivors of domestic violence
• Standard indicators for measuring domestic violence prevalence
• Standard indicators for measuring the interventions of key role players in the domestic violence field (governments, civil society organisations)
• Towards a prevention agenda: Addressing the normalized nature of violent relationships – creating healthy relationships.