South Africans are currently remaining in their homes following an order by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week.
For many the lockdown is an inconvenience but for many more in our country the threat of violence in their homes is all too real.
As such it’s vital that those who could potentially face gender-based violence (GBV) or abuse at home are able to contact authorities when needed.
Below are the resources we recommend you share with those who need them.
- Department of Social Development Gender-Based Violence Command Centre – 0800 428 428
- SAPS Gender-Based Violence reporting – 0800 150 150
- Department of Social Development Gender-Based Violence Command Centre USSD – *120*7867#
- Skype – Add HelpMeGBV as a contact on Skype (particularly for deaf South Africans)
- SMS – 31531
- Namola – Download the app or dial *134*7355#
- rAInbow GBV chatbot – Visit the website to begin a chat
- Crime Stop – 08600 10111
- Department of Social Development website
- Safer Spaces website
Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, said this week that the South African Police Services would beef up its Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences units to deal with the threat of gender-based violence in the home.
“Meanwhile, all forms of crime must be reported. Our 10111 will remain fully functional during the lockdown period. The Crime Stop number is also functional and can be used to give anonymous tip offs on suspected criminal activities. Also, police and the SANDF will be visible in the streets conducting foot patrols,” the minister said.[Image – CC 0 Pixabay]