WHAT WE DO
The GHJRU is an interdisciplinary research unit that unites scholars, NGOs and practitioners in pursuit of the elimination of violence against women and children in Southern Africa (and beyond). We develop and implement innovative, interdisciplinary research and social interventions to address violence against women and children in a variety of social, political and institutional settings. We have a proven history of empirical, evaluation and monitoring projects, many of which are well cited in the literature and are foundational studies in the areas of domestic violence, sexual offences and sexual and reproductive rights. We use our empirical research to develop well-informed, evidence-based advocacy positions to support legal and policy reform in South Africa and similarly situated countries. Our research is almost exclusively conducted in interdisciplinary teams, including NGOs and government departments. The Unit also has a well-established history of providing technical assistance to a wide range of implementing partners.