Getting Help

You are not alone – many women have been through your pain and have recovered

One in four women is exposed to family violence. One in six women will be victims of rape in their lifetime. Two out of three cases of abuse against women and children are caused by someone who is familiar to them. You are not alone and there is hope to rebuild your life and to have a happy, fulfilling future.

Contact us for help if:

  • You have no support from family or friends.
  • You have references to confirm that you don’t have a history of manipulation or criminal behaviour.
  • You are not substance dependent.

Alternatives if you do not meet the above criteria:

Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities and resources to help everyone. However, below are alternative routes to take:

  • Phone any of the emergency helplines below.
  • Contact social services organisation Badisa.
  • Apply for a protection order at the nearest police station or magistrate’s court.
  • Lay a criminal charge at a police station and apply for a protection order. A protection order is a legal order to your domestic partner to stop the abuse – anyone can apply for a protection order
    More information about police support and protection orders

Anyone can
make a difference

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse can be physical, financial, or emotional

Domestic abuse is not limited to acts of physical violence. If you are exposed to any of the following, you may be an abuse victim:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical abuse or assault
  • Damage to your property or personal possessions
  • Stalking
  • Economic abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Any behaviour that poses a threat to your safety, health or well-being
Emergency Numbers

Emergency helplines:

SAPS 10111

SAPS Family Violence, (012) 393 2363
Child protection and Sexual Offences Unit Head Office, Pretoria

SAPS Crime Stop 0860 010 111

Gender-Based Violence or Domestic Abuse, dial *134*7355# (Free call)010 590 5920

Childline 0800 055 555

AIDS Helpline (011) 725 6710