The Department of Justice held an Imbizo in Khayelitsha‚ Cape Town‚ on Thursday aimed at raising awareness around the worrying trend of violence against women and children in the Western Cape.

According to a recent parliamentary inter-ministerial committee report‚ one in three children in the Western Cape will be exposed to assault or physical abuse before they reach adulthood.

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It also found that children under the age of five were most likely to be abused and killed at home‚ while teenage boys were increasingly at risk of being killed in the context of male-on-male interpersonal violence.

Since January more than 20 girls have been murdered in the Western Cape