Short item Published on June 17, 2014

The incidence and severity of community assault in Khayelitsha, South Africa

Community assault (CA) is widespread in the township of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa. Anecdotal evidence suggests that victims of CA are worse off than other assault cases, but scientific data on the rate and severity of CA cases are lacking for SA. We therefore conducted a case count study to estimate the rate of CA among adults in Khayelitsha and comparing the injury severity and survival probability between cases of CA and other assault (non-CA) cases.