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Gender Based Violence

31 Jul 2018

Protecting women and children is everyone’s responsibility.

Government condemns any form of violence against women and children. We must work together with police, prosecutors and courts to ensure that those who hurt and abuse others are arrested and convicted.

Report all cases of rape, sexual assault or any form of violence to a local police station or call the toll-free Crime Stop number: 086 00 10111.

Gender-based violence (GBV) does not discriminate. Any person of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim or perpetrator of GBV.

People may be victims of abuse if: 

They seem fearful of their partner; spend less time with family and friends; often criticised or belittled by their partner; partner is jealous, possessive and/or aggressive; have become unusually quiet or withdrawn and have physical injuries such as bruises or broken bones.

Get involved

  • Men are encouraged to join movement to end gender based violence. 
  •  Join community-based Victim Support initiatives; be trained as a Volunteer.
  • Be part of the national dialogues throughout the country to allow communities to speak freely about gender based violence. 
  • Report acts of abuse and violence to the nearest Police Station.

How you can help victims of abuse:

  • believe the person
  • listen with compassion and do not judge
  • offer practical support, such as accompanying the person to the police station
  • Share the gender-based violence number, 0800 428 428, so that they can call to get help.

Quick facts

  • Murder rate of women increased by 117% between 2015 and 2016.
  • Sexual offences against women increased from 31 665 in 2015/16 to 70 813 in 2016/17.
  • The number of women who experienced sexual offences moved from 31 665 in 2015/16 to 70 813 in 2016/17, which is an increase of 53%.
  • Everyday three women die at the hands of their intimate partner in South Africa.
  • Crime statistics for 2016/17 indicates that a total of 49,660 sexual offences were recorded by the police.
  • Crime statistics 2016/17: An average of 109.1 rapes are recorded each day
  • Crimes against women in 2015/16 increased by 2.15% compared to 2014/15.
  • Statistics SA victims of crime survey for 2016/17 indicates a 117% increase in sexual offence cases


SAPS Emergency Services: 10111
Childline South Africa Report child abuse to Childline South Africa’s toll-free line: 0800 055 555
GBV Command Centre Contact the 24-hour Gender Based Violence Command Centre toll-free number 0800 428 428 to report abuse
South African Police Service Report all cases of rape, sexual assault or any form of violence to a local police station or call the toll-free Crime Stop number: 086 00 10111
Legal Aid South Africa Call the toll-free Legal Aid Advice Line 0800 110 110 for free legal aid if you who cannot afford one
Commission for Gender Equality Report Gender Discrimination and Abuse: 0800 007 709
South African Human Rights Commission Call 011 877 3600 to lodge a complaint about human rights violations.
Domestic violence Helpline: Stop Women Abuse: 0800 150 150
AIDS Helpline 0800 012 322

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