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Lawyers against Abuse extend legal aid to GBV survivors beyond Diepsloot

Written by: Elizabeth Kgabane

GAUTENG - Non-profit organisation (NPO) Lawyers against Abuse (LvA) are extending their direct legal services to survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) beyond Diepsloot.

LvA operates in Diepsloot, offering GBV survivors technical and direct legal support which includes assisting survivors with court order applications, court support, appeals for miscarriage of the law and counselling for containment.

Now, according to the donor-funded NPO, these services have been extended to survivors who live outside Diepsloot, adding to the technical services they have been offering to Gauteng communities.

The approach follows the announcement of the 21-day lockdown announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The commencement of the lockdown has raised concerns about the implication of the constraints on families as lockdowns in other countries has resulted in the rise of domestic violence.

According to Statistics SA, South Africa’s GBV prevalence is already five times more than the global average.

With the scourge on the rise, LvA says it is important that the government pays close attention to the risk posed to communities.

We recognise that incidents of domestic violence are likely to increase in the coming weeks. Conversely, user-friendliness of GBV services and the ability of women to access these services is likely to decrease. It is imperative that state actors are attentive to the risks towards women and children amid this outbreak.

Rethabile Mosese, Senior staff attorney - Lawyers Against Abuse

LvA also says the public may reach out for assistance through calling or sending a “please call me” to 072 031 1840 or 063 894 3512.

The NPO is also available on email info@lva.org.za or you may contact them on Facebook (Lawyers against Abuse)

Support Institutions recommended by LvA also include the below:

GBV Command Centre: 0800 428 428 / 1207867# from any cell phone Persons with disabilities, SMS ‘help’ to 31531 Women Abuse Helpline: 0800 150 150 Childline: 0800 055 555 SAPS Crime Stop: 0860 10111 / SMS Crime Line: 32211 GBVF-related service complaints (SAPS): 0800 333 177/ complaintsnodalpoint@saps.gov.za National AIDS Helpline: 0800 012 322 National Human Trafficking Helpline: 0800 222 777 Suicide Helpline: 0800 567 567 National Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.za National Institute of Communicable Diseases: https://www.nicd.ac.za World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int Coronavirus Hotline: 0800 029 999 Childline 0800 1111 The Teddy Bear Clinic (011 484 4554) SADAG 0800 567 567




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