Making your escape

Planning for the future after leaving an abusive relationship Key points: Establishing a support network: The role of friends, family, and domestic violence support organisations Safety precautions when confiding plans Using prepaid phones and alternative internet access to maintain secrecy Legal considerations: Prioritising legal aspects, such as obtaining protection orders and understanding custody rights Securing […]

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Breaking chains: understanding the complex barriers to leaving an abusive relationship

Let 16 Days of Activism this year be the last you spend in an abusive relationship Abusive relationships take many forms. We have written about the dynamics of abusive relationships and the signs of abuse. Abuse may be physical, emotional/psychological (gaslighting, controlling you), sexual, financial (restricting your access to funds or your ability to work), […]

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16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children

Why are we still fighting high rates of femicide? As we stagger towards the end of the year, exhausted but at least relieved that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us and life has returned to some semblance of normality (Eskom’s woes notwithstanding), it’s time once again to turn our attention to the […]

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Ramaphosa signs 3 new crime laws in South Africa

We welcome new legislation aimed at tackling our gender-based violence epidemic. This article, reprinted from Business Tech, explains the terms of three new laws, signed into effect by President Cyril Ramaphosa recently. Reprinted from Business Tech – 2022-01-31 President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law three new pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening efforts to […]

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