As a result of our engagement with the community, we found that one of the biggest needs was for emotional and mental health support for people who have been victims of GBV in the past, and more recently, for those who have been locked-down with their abusers and experienced GBV and other trauma in recent months.
What have we done?
- We participated in an Awareness March against GBV in Alex organised by Nhlanhla and her team, who run one of our partner organisations – Lisakhanya ikusasa. This culminated with a memorandum being handed over at the police station, as the police still don’t take these crimes seriously. We have been following up with the police since this memorandum hand-over.
- We have established a Counselling Centre in Alex, which is staffed by six social workers from different organisations who are trained to walk with people who are victims of trauma.
These social workers walk with victims every step of the way from accompanying them to report, getting medical reports, rape-care comfort packs, counselling the victim and family members who are affected, placing and transporting them in safe homes, following up with the Police to make sure that they do their part and referral to other stakeholders.
- We are playing an active role in the Alex-based Masiphephe Network established to fight the scourge of GBV.
- We have held a number of Community Dialogues discussing the impact and possible solutions relating to GBV.
Take a look at our Community Dialogue in photos.
We also talk regularly to our young people about issues such as GBV that have a direct impact on them.