Dr Tania de Villiers

Senior Lecturer

I am a registered Nurse and Midwife. My clinical speciality area and experience is in Child Nursing, which includes child mental health. I have a keen interest in forensic nursing. My research interest is broadly around Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and my specific focus is on sexual violence prevention, primarily on university campuses, and its intersections with mental health. I am currently the PI in a pilot RCT to test the acceptability and feasibility of a primary prevention intervention to prevent sexual violence in university settings.  

I believe in the importance of curriculum transformation and how this is translated into practice. I am currently collaborating with a colleague at the University of Miami, in Miami (Florida) in the United States to determine the feasibility of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) course in South Africa. This will develop critical skills within nursing while alleviating the burden on doctors and improve the flow of services in community health facilities, trauma and emergency centres in tertiary health facilities.

I would like to mentor nurses to become interested in conducting and publishing research, this could provide an important contribution to the body of knowledge in clinical practice and health science research.



MSc (Nursing) UCT

PGDip Nursing Education UNISA

PGDip Nursing Management UNISA

PGDip Paediatric Nursing Science Nico Malan Nursing College and Red Cross Children’s Hospital

BSc (Nursing) – RN, RM, RCHN, RPN UCT


2021:  Karisa, A., McKenzie, J. & de Villiers, T., 2021. “It’s a school but it’s not a school”: Understanding father involvement in the  schooling of children with intellectual disabilities. International Journal of Inclusive Education, DOI:10.1080/13603116.2021.1980123. [Link to this article:           https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2021.

2021:  Karisa, A., McKenzie J. & de Villiers, T., 2021. “Their status will be affected by that child”: Masculinity and father involvement in the education of learners with intellectual disabilities. Child: Care, Health and Development, 1-8. DOI: 10.1111/cch.12864. wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/cch.

2021:   Likumbo, N., de Villiers, T. & Kyriacos, U., 2021. Malawian mothers’ experiences, perceptions and understanding of having children living with albinism: A qualitative descriptive study. Afr. j. disabil. (Online) [online]. 2021, vol.10, pp.1-11. ISSN 2226-7220.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ajod.v10i0.693.

2021:  de Villiers T., Duma S. & Abrahams, N., 2021. “As young men we have a role to play in preventing sexual violence”: Development and relevance of the Men with Conscience intervention to prevent sexual violence.    PLosONE 16(1):e0244550. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0244550.

2020:  Karisa, A., McKenzie, J. & de Villiers, T, 2020. “To what extent is the schooling system willing to change to include disabled children?”. Disability and Society, DOI:10.1080/09687599.2020.1809351.

2020:  de Villiers, T & Abrahams, N., 2020. Testing the Acceptability and Feasibility of the Men with Conscience Sexual Violence Prevention Intervention in a Pilot-RCT at Two Universities in the Western Cape. Global Qualitative Nursing Research Volume 7: 1–79 © The Author(s) 2020 Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions DOI:10.1177/233339362093249.

2016:  de Villiers, T. 2016. Engaging male university student leaders in the adaptation process of the One Man Can Intervention (OMCI) to inform sexual violence prevention strategies in student residences: a case study. University of Cape Town.         http://hdl.handle.net/11427/22828.

2015:  Duma, S. & de Villiers, T., 2015. Clinical Forensic Nursing Skills and Competencies for quality care for victims of crime and violence. AJPHERD, 1(2):360 – 375. 

2014:  de Villiers,T., Mayers, P., & Khalil, D., 2014. Pre-registration nursing students’ perceptions and experiences of violence in a nursing education institution in South  Africa. Nurse Education in Practice, http://dx.doi.oirg/10.1016/j.nepr.2014.08.006.

2010:  de Villiers, T., Khalil, D., & Mayers, P. (2010, 27-29 October). Violence among nurse learners: a descriptive study examining nurse learners' experience of violence. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the second International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector - From Awareness to Sustainable Action, De Meervaart, Amsterdam, Netherlands. ISBN 978-90-5740-089-6.

ORCID: 0000-0002-7319-688X