Original Research

The Relevance of Theology and Legal policy in South African society in connection with violence against women

Doniwen Pietersen
Theologia Viatorum | Vol 45, No 1 | a120 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/tv.v45i1.120 | © 2021 Doniwen Pietersen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 May 2021 | Published: 29 September 2021

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Doniwen Pietersen, Department of Old and New Testament, Faculty of Religion and Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa


The theological question raised in this article violence against women theologically, drawing and incorporating the South African government’s response to it in terms of legislation and policing strategies and the need for greater participation of communities to combat gender-related crimes. The caretaker approach of the church as the custodian of the Hebrew Bible was also highlighted. Even though a church-based care approach may be limited, it still has the potential to support the efforts of law-enforcement agencies. When women in communities do not feel safe and fear violence at the hands of men, they are forced to resort to the state to provide protection. Crime, including crime against women, draws on insecurities about the level of safety and well-being in communities. It cannot be prevented or eliminated by the police alone but by the concerted collaboration of the private sector, NGOs, faith-based organisations such as churches and the community itself.


violence; women; legislation; community; South Africa


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