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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of gender violence 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117884  Demonstrate an understanding of gender violence 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Victim Empowerment 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies People/Human-Centred Development 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner will display an understanding of the context and impact of gender violence as prescribed by South African legislation and international instruments. Learners will also gain knowledge about and be able to provide basic support and assistance to survivors of gender violence. Learners will include service providers in government, Non-Governmental Organisations, Community-Based Organisations and Faith-Based Organisations, who are working in the field of Victim Empowerment or have an interest in it.

Learners accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Understanding the context of violence in South African communities
  • Demonstrating an understanding of gender-based violence
  • Assisting victims of sexual offences
  • Assisting victims of domestic violence
  • Assisting and facilitating referral of victims of gender violence in the Criminal Justice System 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF level 1 or equivalent competence.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand the context of violence in South African communities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The definition of violence as accepted in the Criminal Justice System is provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The nature and scope of violence is discussed in the context of South African communities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The contexts, types and causes of violence and violent crime are described with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Contexts of violence includes, but is not limited to: socio-political, historical, Apartheid, gender irregularity, socialisation, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The concept of the cycle of violence is explained in relation to violence in society and in the home. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of gender-based violence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of gender violence is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The forms and nature of gender violence are explained as prevalent in South African communities. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Gender-based crimes include, but are not limited to: domestic violence, sexual abuse, hate crimes, femicide
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate services and service providers for victims of gender violence are identified and described in terms of their role. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The link between HIV/Aids and gender violence is explained in relation to South African communities. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Assist victims of sexual offences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The term, "sexual offence" is explained as well as the context in which it occurs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The types of sexual offences are identified with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of sexual offences: rape, indecent assault, bestiality, sexual abuse of children and prisoners.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The physical and emotional impact of sexual offences on the individual, family and society are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The relevant services required by victims of sexual offences are identified and described in terms of their roles and responsibility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The different service providers are described in terms of their roles and responsibilities. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Assist victims of domestic violence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The term, "domestic violence" is defined according to The Domestic Violence Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The types of domestic violence are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The cycle of violence as experienced by the victim of domestic violence is described in relation to specific contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Physical, emotional and economic impact of domestic violence on the individual and family is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The relevant service providers for victims of domestic violence are identified in terms of their roles and responsibilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Primary prevention programmes that address the root causes of domestic violence are described in relation to specific cases. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Assist and facilitate referral of victims of gender violence in the Criminal Justice System. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The rights of victims in the Criminal Justice System are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The legal and civil provisions for victims of gender violence are explained in relation to the Domestic Violence Act, Criminal Procedure Act and the Sexual Offences Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant procedures to be followed in relation to seeking redress for victims of gender violence is described according to departmental and organisational policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Secondary victimisation in relation to the Criminal Justice System is defined and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Strengths and weaknesses of current legal provisions in assisting victims of gender violence are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Support services in the court environment are identified and described in terms of their role. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard and the related Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in this Unit Standard as well as the integrated competence described in the Exit Level Outcome of the Qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The knowledge component of this Unit Standard is derived from the relevant sections of the following:
  • The South African Victims' Charter
  • The Domestic Violence Act (116 of 1998)
  • The Criminal Procedure Act (51 of 1977)
  • The Sexual Offences Act (1957) and relevant Bill
  • The Integrated Victim Empowerment Policy
  • The South African Police Services Victim Empowerment Policy 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relating to victims of gender violence by applying critical and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community to provide support to victims of gender violence. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate verbally and in writing using visual, mathematical and/or language skills to provide support to victims of gender violence. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the social development of the community by providing Victim Empowerment services to victims of gender violence. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Assessors must be registered assessors with a relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors must be in possession of a Qualification in Victim Empowerment or a related sub-field of Human and Social Studies at a minimum of NQF level 3. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49279   National Certificate: Victim Empowerment and Support  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  66749   National Certificate: Community Development  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  49600   National Certificate: Development Practice  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-05-13  Was ETDP SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  58577   National Certificate: General Security Practices  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. KZN Network on Violence Against Women 



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