South Africa has one of the highest woman abuse rates in the world. One woman or girl child is raped, sexually assaulted or physically abused every four minutes and one woman is killed by an intimate partner every eight minutes.
According to the SA Medical Research Council, the majority of these crimes occur in domestic settings by men who form part of the family unit.
Because these abusive men form part of the family, they are often able to manipulate women through loving words and gifts designed to mask the abuse. The victims become trapped in an abusive cycle, unable to break free because their abuser is also their perceived source of love.