Lockdown could exacerbate GBV crisis, say activists

For years, South Africa has been grappling with a gender-based violence crisis. Women’s rights organisations are concerned that the current lockdown will only exacerbate the issue. Tensions are likely to rise as people face job losses and income uncertainty.#Day11ofLockdown

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has been grappling with a gender-based violence crisis.

Women’s rights organisations are concerned that the current lockdown will only exacerbate the issue.

Tensions are likely to rise as people face job losses and income uncertainty.

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Lesley-Ann Foster from the Masimanyane Women's Support Centre said her organisation has seen an increase of women seeking their services to leave abusive households during the lockdown.

Foster said the confined frustration of staying at home constantly puts families at risk for violence.

She said women need safety plans while living in abusive households, including safe spaces and escape routes.

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A GBV Command Centre will operate 24 hours during the lockdown and community members are using the line to report any abuse.

The number is 0800 428 428.

- Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

Help protect your loved ones by sharing this official South African government COVID-19 service with your family, friends and community.

Send HI to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp.

The NICD has another Clinician Hotline to improve #COVID19 communication and support for healthcare providers. The Clinician Hotline is 0800 11 1131, operating 24 hrs. The Public Hotline is 0800 029 999 also operating 24hrs.

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