National Shelter Movement’s helpline starts taking calls – dedicated to those seeking help from domestic and intimate partner violence

From Wednesday 2 December, women and other victims of domestic violence in South Africa are able to contact the National Shelter Movement of South Africa’s (NSMSA) 24-hour toll-free Shelter Helpline. This is the first national helpline exclusively dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse access shelter services in each of the nine provinces, while also assisting with a variety...

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NSMSA Gears-up to launch SA’s first dedicated shelter HELPLINE – for abused women

The National Shelter Movement of South Africa (NSMSA) is excited to announce that it will soon launch its own 24-hour toll-free shelter helpline – the first helpline dedicated only to issues of domestic and intimate partner violence – in an effort to get more women to the safety of shelters, away from their abuser. This week, the team of...

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Press Release: GBV Victims & Shelters, COVID-19 Lockdown

While South Africans are stockpiling and preparing for a 21-day countrywide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, for some, isolating at home presents additional risks, on top of avoiding possible CoVid-19 infection. According to the National Shelter Movement of South Africa (NSM) one of its main concerns is the potential for increased violence against women and children,...

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Policing Responses to Domestic Violence: Exploring Reactions by the Police to Women in Need of Shelter

This research paper highlights weaknesses in police responses to victims of domestic violence by reviewing call logs documenting requests for assistance at three-hundred eighty-two (382) police stations across the country. The data emanates from research conducted by the Heinrich Boell Foundation (HBF) and the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC) in Gauteng and the Western Cape in 2012 and 2013,...

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