In South Africa, 1 in 3 girls, and 1 in 5 boys experience some form of violence before the age of 18 (UNICEF South Africa). We are all affected, directly or indirectly, by violence against women and children.
WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU
Believe the person
Listen with compassion and do not judge
Offer practical support, such as accompanying the person to the police station
Share the gender-based violence number, 0800 428 428, so that they can call to get help.
USEFUL NUMBERS TO KEEP
SAPS Emergency Services: 10111
CareWays: Free confidential counselling for Media24 employees and their families: 086 1234 123
Childline South Africa: Report child abuse to Childline South Africa’s toll-free line: 0800 055 555
GBV Command Centre: Contact the 24-hour Gender Based Violence Command Centre toll-free number 0800 428 428 to report abuse
South African Police Service: Report all cases of rape, sexual assault or any form of violence to a local police station or call the toll-free Crime Stop number: 086 00 10111
Legal Aid South Africa: Call the toll-free Legal Aid Advice Line 0800 110 110 for free legal aid if you who cannot afford one
Commission for Gender Equality: Report Gender Discrimination and Abuse: 0800 007 709
South African Human Rights Commission: Call 011 877 3600 to lodge a complaint about human rights violations.
Domestic violence Helpline: Stop Women Abuse: 0800 150 150
AIDS Helpline: 0800 012 322
HERE ARE SOME OTHER RESOURCES
Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC)
The SBCWC in Manenberg, Cape Town caters to women and children who are survivors of abuse. It acts as a multi-agency service delivery model to manage, treat, and prevent violence against women and children, and includes a 24-hour crisis response; a residential shelter and transitional housing for abused women and their children; legal assistance; and job-skills training bringing together a number of organisations both within government structures and the non-governmental spaces.
You can reach the Centre on 021 633 5287 or check out the website for more details.
The Frida Hartley Shelter
The Frida Hartley Shelter for destitute women and children is located in Yeoville, Johannesburg and takes in homeless women and their children who have survived neglect, abuse, trauma, and homelessness. It provides a home to women who have lost their jobs and are struggling financially, and young homeless mothers looking to kick-start their lives.
You can contact the shelter on 011 648 6005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rape Crisis Centre
The Rape Crisis Centre supports the recovery of survivors, seeks justice, and makes change in communities. It also aims to reduce the trauma experienced by survivors and encourage them to report rape, and support communities in challenging high rape rates and flaws in the criminal justice system. It provides survivors with court support, counselling services, and community prevention strategies by creating a culture of respect for women and girls in South Africa.
Rape Crisis Centre has a 24 hour Crisis Line 021 447 9762 and its head offices are in Cape Town.
Nisaa Institute for Women’s Development
The Nisaa Institute for Women’s Development is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, opposed to all forms of oppression, exploitation, and violence against women. Located in Lenasia, Johannesburg, Nisaa focuses on the prevention of gender violence and the empowerment of women who have been abused by their partners. It provides counselling and shelter services, awareness and advocacy, training and developing local, national, regional and international partnerships.
You can reach Nisaa on 011 854 5804/5 or check out their website for more information.
Shukumisa is a coalition made up of NGOs, community-based organisations, research institutions and legal services. Its members work with adults, children, people with disabilities, sex workers, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and intersex community. It aims to ensure that South Africa considers the problem of sexual violence seriously, with well-crafted, well-implemented legislation derived from broad-based public participation.
Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (Adapt)
Adapt is a non-profit organisation based in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg. It provides counselling to women survivors of sexual violence but also provides community education, conducts research, advocacy and lobbying, and builds community support for women through training of officials within various disciplines for women survivors and vulnerable girl children.
You can contact Adapt on 011 786 6608 or email@example.com.
Masimanyane Women’s Rights International
Masimanyane Women’s Rights International is an advocacy and empowerment organisation that works with local, national, and global partners to strengthen women’s rights, reduce HIV/Aids, and eradicate violence against women. It evolved from the Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre, which was established to address the critical issue of violence against women and now also participates in research, documentation, and advocacy.
It has 14 offices in the Eastern Cape, with a presence in the region’s two biggest magistrate’s courts, as well as in four police stations and a clinic.
For more information visit its website.
People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA)
POWA was originally formed to provide referral services and shelter to women experiencing domestic violence. It then established a shelter for abused women and pioneered transitional housing for women in 2009 in Gauteng. Its direct services delivery component forms the basis of and informs all advocacy interventions at local, national, and regional levels. Today POWA provides shelters, counselling, and legal advice for survivors of gender-based violence. It also conducts advocacy, community outreach and media awareness, training and development, and contributes to feminist research and knowledge production.
POWA’s head office is in Berea in Johannesburg but it also has branches in Soweto, Vosloorus, Katlehong, and
Evaton. You can reach POWA at 011 642 4345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.