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UCT Research Report '11
Dr L. Liebenberg
Senior Specialist & Senior Lecturer: Firearm fatalities and
final judicial outcome; aortic disease project; mast cell
Tryptase; case studies – curious deaths; atherosclerotic
disease prevalence in the Cape Town population; Lodox
X-ray application in the forensic setup.
Dr I.J. Molefe
10 year retrospective study of epidemiology and analysis
of injury patterns of femicide and rape homicide in Cape
Town: A follow-up study.
Dr S. Maistry
Deaths on Table Mountain: A retrospective analysis 2000-
Dr S. Mfolozi
Development of the NecroChronometer: determining the
post-mortem interval using a combination of three methods
and location-specific weather information
Dr E.B. Afonso
Identifying trends and risk factors for deaths in police
custody in the Cape Town Metropole, 1999-2008
Dr A. Khan
SNP genotypes and skin tone variation in South Africa; male
sexual assault; maternal deaths (a forensic perspective)
Contact Details
Postal Address: Division of Forensic Medicine and
Toxicology, P O Box 13914, Mowbray, 7705
Telephone: +27 21 406 6110
Fax: +27 21 448 1249
Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit
Acting Director: Dr Kelley Moult
Director: Associate Professor Lillian Artz
The mission of this Unit is to improve service provision to
victims of violence against women in South Africa through
research, advocacy and education. Drawing together
established researchers with a strong record of social-
action research in disciplines including law, criminology,
forensic sciences and pathology, gynaecology, and
psychology, this Unit is the first of its kind in South
Africa to respond to the pressing need for research and
interventions that cross disciplines in support of our efforts
to address the alarmingly high levels of violence against
women in this country. The Unit fulfils its mission by
conducting rigorous evidence-based research into:
• South African women’s experiences of sexual and
gender-based violence;
• The responses of women, their communities and
the criminal justice, health, and welfare systems to
violence against women;
• The intersections and disjunctures between health
and criminal justice responses to violence against
• The developmental context in which violence occurs,
and the role of violence in perpetuating women’s
• The implementation difficulties of translating ‘law on
paper’ into ‘law in practice’ in health, criminal justice
and medico-legal settings;
• The development of indicators for monitoring the
implementation of progressive legislation and
compliance by criminal justice and health sector
personnel with statutory duties;
• Risk factors and women’s pathways to crime and
experiences and impacts of female incarceration;
• International and local models of best practice for
addressing violence against women.
TheGender, Health and JusticeResearchUnit was awarded
the University of Cape Town’s Social Responsiveness
Award for 2009.
Unit Staff
Research Staff
Associate Research Staff
Research Fields and Staff
Associate Professor Lillian Artz
Feminist legal theory; women and law reform; sexual
offences; domestic violence; commercial sex work;
research ethics; HIV; the medical management of female
survivors of violence; incarcerated women
Dr Kelley Moult
Feminist criminology; gender-based violence and policy;
domestic homicide; forensics, the intersection of traditional
and western justice systems, research methods.
Yonina Hoffman-Wanderer
International and comparative law; women’s socio-
economic rights; religious and cultural rights; incarcerated
women; sentencing
Dr Steffi Röhrs
Women’s rights, HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence;
HIV/AIDS and the law; law reform