What is GBV?
Gender-Based violence refers to harmful acts directed at you based on your gender. It is rooted in gender inequality, the abuse of power and harmful norms. Gender-based violence can include sexual, physical, mental and economic harm inflicted in public or in private. It also includes threats of violence, coercion and manipulation. This can take many forms such as intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation and so-called ‘honour crimes’.
Am I a victim?
It’s always easy to assume that gender-based violence is merely physical abuse, and only affects women and children. it wears many faces. You could be a victim and be completely unaware!
- Unexplained, vague or suspicious medical complaints
- Visible bruises, scratches or marks
- Unusual psycho-social symptoms such as acting infantile, insecure, scared
- Inability to concentrate or focus on a specific task
- Depression, withdrawal or suicidal tendencies
- Self-destructive behaviors such as cutting
- Sudden or extreme shifts of moods or emotions; increased irritability, anger or rage
- Fear of a particular caregiver or parent
- Exaggerated startled response
- Source: https://guides.womenwin.org/gbv/readiness-and-response/recognising-gbv
Who do I talk to?
Are you in need of support and counselling? You can contact a number of trusted programmes available to you 24/7 for safe and confidential counselling.
To get help, contact any of the below:
Department of Social Development
0800 428 428 or visit
https://gbv.org.za/contact-us/ for more information.
National GBV Helpline
0800 150 150 or visit
https://genderjustice.org.za/helpline-numbers/ for more information.
South African Police Services
10111 or visit
https://www.saps.gov.za/resource_centre/women_children/women_children.php for more information.