August, the Minister of Police announced a staggering 74% increase in reported sexual offences in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the previous year. This is on top of already very high levels of violence in the country. NACOSA works closely with donors, government, organisations and communities across South Africa to try to turn the tide on gender based violence (GBV). Our Community Based Violence Prevention and Linkages to Response programme, funded by PEPFAR and USAID, has produced a series of short videos that unpack what GBV is, how to spot it and what to do about it.
Our message to anyone experiencing GBV is:
It’s not your fault.
It’s never ok.
Help is available.
Play your part in turning the tide on GBV by viewing and sharing these videos.
|What is Gender Based Violence?
Gender based violence, or GBV, is violence against someone based on their gender. It is rooted in gender inequality and harmful attitudes about the roles of women and men in society. Find out more about gender based violence: https://youtu.be/Uhg3cxnwNxc
|How to spot violence
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a serious violation of human rights, takes a huge toll on health and can be life-threatening. Everyone has a role to play in tackling GBV in South Africa. Find out how to spot the signs of violence: https://youtu.be/g5pCVxVop8o
|Violence and health
Gender based violence can have a big impact on health. Find out about services you can get after experiencing violence to reduce the impact of violence on health:
|Violence by someone you love
Intimate partner violence (also sometimes called domestic violence) is violence from an intimate partner – a husband, boyfriend or partner. Get practical information on creating a safety plan:
|The twin pandemics: GBV and HIV
South Africa has two serious pandemics: HIV and gender based violence. Find out how GBV and HIV are closely linked:
|COVID-19 and keeping safe
Many people in South Africa experience gender based violence. In times of crisis, like we are experiencing at the moment with COVID-19, the violence can get worse. Find out how to stay safe:
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