Abuse survivors are often lonely, isolated and filled with fear. Finding the courage to get help is not easy but there are a number of organisations ready and waiting to support those who reach out.
People who fall victim to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) often think that there is no way out, but South Africa has a number of organisations that help with support, counselling and healing.
Survivors can call places of safety to find out the best way of escaping an abusive relationship and for counselling and support.
Vuk’uzenzele compiled a list of places you can go to when you need help.
South African Police Service
During an emergency situation, phone the police on 10111 or visit your nearest police station.
GBV Command Centre
The Department of Social Development’s GBV Command Centre provides 24-hour psychological assistance and refers survivors to places of safety.
Call: 0800 428 428
Send a ‘please call me’: *120*7867#
SMS: ‘Help’ to 31531.
People Opposing Women Abuse
This non-profit women’s rights organisation which provides counselling, both telephonically and face-to-face, as well as legal assistance.
Call: 011 591 6803
The non-governmental organisation, which opened its doors in 2012, provides a database of medical, legal and psychological services all over South Africa. The network specialises in helping those who have been raped or survived sexual abuse.
Call: 010 590 5920
Childline South Africa specialises in helping abused children and their families. It deals with issues such as physical and sexual abuse, substance abuse, behavioural problems, trafficking, and gives legal advice.
Call: 0800 055 555
Family and Marriage Association of SA
This non-profit organisation provides counselling and education to help improve marriages and family. It provides assistance in cases of domestic violence and trauma, divorces and mediation and has offices throughout the country.
Call: 011 975 7106/7