It might be challenging to rescue a victim of domestic abuse. Here you’ll find out what to do to help them on their way to independence.
This section focuses on important contact information, where to go, how to report a case, legal support, how to request a protection order, and police station procedures.
Shelters prefer not to have their details made public as it can be accessed by abusers.
Victims can contact Alta from Epic Foundation, and she will be able to assist them with the correct shelter.
082 940 6320
In the first instance, you should visit your nearest Netcare hospital. You won’t need to travel to the police station if you go to Netcare since they will arrange for the police to come to you. Within their trauma units, they have specialised rape crisis units that can help you. Rape survivors can receive services from Netcare for free.
In all other cases follow the steps below:
Lawyers Against Abuse can assist with answering questions about legal processes for protection orders and criminal cases.
Their purpose is to engage with state actors, empower communities, and increase the response of the judicial systems to GBV by offering legal assistance and counselling to victims.
They support victims by offering comprehensive legal services, treatment, and counselling, and they make sure that their clients’ requirements in terms of their legal, emotional, and psychological well-being are addressed.
They work closely with local state actors like the police and prosecutors to create accountability in instances of misconduct and strengthen capacity through trainings and workshops.
Through community workshops and outreach initiatives, they seek to educate and empower individuals to challenge and change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence.
Before applying for a protection order, make sure you’re at a safe place where the abuser can no longer injure you. Start making plans to leave and find a safe place to stay if you’re still living with them.
If you report your case to the police station, you can expect the following process.
At the police station, you will be required to sign the Occurrence Book.
If you need help or know of someone who needs or support, get in contact with the following organisation who offer various support services and programmes.