High prevalence rates and a broken justice system leave victims of gender-based violence vulnerable to further abuse.
South Africa has some of the highest prevalence rates of gender-based violence (GBV) in the world. Research conducted in Diepsloot in 2016, the informal settlement where LvA works, revealed that 56% of men surveyed had committed physical or sexual violence against a woman in the past 12 months, with one third admitting to using both physical and sexual violence. These prevalence rates are more than double those in other parts of the country.
Our programmes are designed with these needs in mind.
LvA fills this gap using an integrated approach that responds holistically to GBV victims’ legal, psychological and emotional needs, while partnering with local state actors to increase accountability and enforcement of GBV legislation.
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