Exploring why some men turn violent and murderous during a break-up

A research report by Africa Check estimates that a woman in South Africa is killed by an intimate partner every 8 hours.

Research associate at Wits Institute For Social Economic Research (Wiser) Lisa Vetten talks to CapeTalk's Lester Kiewit about why some husbands and male partners turn violent and murderous when wanting to end a relationship.

She says often these killings are fuelled by jealousy, possessiveness and a sense of dependency.

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It underscores a sense of possibly 'you are mine you belong to me' and a sense of emotional dependency like if you leave me what am I going to do?

Lisa Vetten, Research associate - Wiser

According to Vetten research has proven that men who are abused tend to become abusive as well.

Often, boys who witness their mothers being beaten, go on to beat their female partners as well.

Lisa Vetten, Research associate - Wiser

I think domestic violence counselling is very important as we are trying to interrupt that generational circle.

Lisa Vetten, Research associate - Wiser

Vetten says it also important to make it more difficult to own a gun, especially for men with a history of domestic violence or substance abuse.

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


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