If you or someone you know has been affected by gender-based violence in the form of domestic violence, sexual assault, harassment, or femicide, you are not alone. According to statistics, South Africa has some of the highest rates of gender-based violence in the world (seven times the global average), but help is available.
This ‘Lean on Me’ page is designed to provide information about the available resources in South Africa and how to access them.
Things to keep in mind
After experiencing gender-based violence, it’s hard to know how to react. You may be physically hurt, emotionally drained, or unsure what to do next. You may need medical attention or emotional support, or considering reporting to the police, but are unsure of where to start. Learning more about what steps you can take following a gender-based violence incident can help ground you in a difficult time.
LEAN ON DIGITAL DISRUPTORS CHANGE SUPPORT
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence or relationship abuse, you are not alone and it was not your fault. Help is available 24/7.
National GBV Helpline
for reporting incidents of gender-based violence. Alternatively, you can send a please call me by dialing *120*7867# for counselling and other services, including shelter.
Domestic Violence Helpline
24/7 toll free helpline for reporting domestic violence including sexual, physical, emotional and financial abuse. The helpline is also accessible via WhatsApp.
National Counselling Line
This line operates 24/7 allowing callers to discuss a range of challenges from trauma and suicide to relationship issues.
Sonke Gender Justice
Sonke is a South African-based non-profit organisation working throughout Africa. They believe women and men, girls and boys can work together to resist patriarchy, advocate for gender justice and achieve gender transformation. Call 0800 333 059 or send an SMS to 33490
Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre
Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC)’s purpose is to facilitate access to justice for women who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing GBV. Call 011 331 0088 or visit their website
Thuthuzela Care Centres
Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCCs) are one-stop facilities based in hospitals aimed to reduce secondary trauma. TCCs offer designated forensic and medical service available to rape survivors as an emergency service in the first 72 hours after a rape. There are TCCs across all 9 provinces in South Africa- below is a list of centers available in Gauteng.