It's traumatic to watch, and yet South Africa woke up the video of gqom musician Babes Wodumo allegedly being assaulted by her boyfriend Mampintsha.
The attack was broadcast on her Instagram feed on Sunday night. But it's not the first time the couple have been involved in altercations.
Despite the fact that domestic abuse and violence against women and children are often under-reported due to the victim’s fear, statistics of abuse experienced and reported in South Africa remain extremely high, according to Courtney Greene - occupational therapist at Akeso Clinic Umhlanga.
“Often abuse may stem from early learning experiences. Many abusers were abused in their lifetime and have learned to see hurtful behaviour as normal", said Greene.
But the big question people want to know is why do victims always go back? Control is a big deciding factor. "The aggressor often uses mind games, anger, threats and insults to dominate the victim and control her actions and habits," Greene commented.