Lockdown is not pleasant on any level, but for victims of domestic violence and gender-based violence (GBV) being locked up with a potential abuser could become a living nightmare.
In the event that you are at risk of abuse or know someone who is, please report it to the GBV Command Centre on 0800-428-428 or *120*786#.
MAY YOU GO OUT AND SEEK HELP?
Yes. If you are able to leave the house, and are not being physically restrained by your partner, you should go to the nearest police station. If you do not have your own transport, preferably ask a neighbour or a friend to take you.
If you are hurt, you may go to the clinic or hospital for medical attention.
Both of these journeys are considered essential.
Should you come across a police patrol, explain the situation and hopefully they will assist with either taking you to the police station or nearest medical facility.
HAVING PROBLEMS IN REPORTING GBV?
We encourage all MISA members who have personally experienced problems in reporting GBV or who know of someone who has experienced problems or was unsuccessful in reporting either directly to the police or through the use of the various GBV hotlines, to advise us in order for MISA to intervene with the relevant authorities on their behalf. All cases will be treated in the strictest confidence and can be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other National Helpline numbers which can be of assistance are:
National GBV Helpline: 0800 150 150
LifeLine South Africa: 0861 322 322
AIDS Helpline: 0800 012 322
National Counselling Line: 0861 322 322
Childline South Africa: 0800 055 555
South African Police Service: 10111
Legal Aid: 0800 110 110