Domestic Abuse:

Domestic Abuse:

Domestic Violence in South Africa.

South Africa has one of the highest statistics of domestic violence in the world. It’s also the most common human rights abuse in South Africa. Every day, woman is murdered, physically and sexually assaulted or threatened by their partners in their own homes. It’s estimated that one in every six women are regularly assaulted by their partner in any way. 46% of those cases involves the men abusing the children as well that lives with the woman.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abuse that takes away the right from people to be free of violence. When a partner harms the other no matter what the situation, whether they are married or not, living together or not, that is domestic violence. The violence can come in varies forms from verbal abuse, emotional abuse, control or humiliation, physical abuse or sexual abuse.


Signs of an abusive relationship:


Does your partner often:

– Embarrass you with put-downs?

– Look at you or act in ways that scare you?

– Control what you do, who you see or talk to, or where you go?

– Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?

– Take your money or pay check, make you ask for money, or refuse to give you money?

– Make all of the decisions?

– Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away or hurt your children?

– Threaten to kill himself or herself?

– Prevent you from working or going to school?

– Act like the abuse is no big deal or is your fault, or even deny doing it?

– Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?

– Intimidate you with guns, knives, or other weapons?

– Shove you, slap you, choke you, or hit you?

-Threaten to kill you?



Signs that someone you know is being abused:

Do you have a friend, co-worker, relative, or neighbour who you think may be in an abusive relationship?


Here are some signs to watch for:

– Bruises or injuries that look like they came from choking, punching, or being thrown down. – Black eyes, red or purple marks at the neck, and sprained wrists are common injuries in violent relationships.

– Attempting to hide bruises with makeup or clothing

– Making excuses like tripping or being accident-prone or clumsy. Often the seriousness of the injury does not match up with the explanation.

– Having few close friends and being isolated from relatives and co-workers and kept from making friends

– Having to ask permission to meet, talk with, or do things with other people

– Having little money available; may not have credit cards or even a car


Different Helplines: 

  1. Famsa:
  • South Africa: 011 975 7106 / 011 975 7107
  • Northern Cape: 054  332 3955

2. Powa:

  • 011 642 4346

3. Stop Gender Violence:

  • 0800 150 150

4.  Childline South Africa:

  • 0800 055 555

5. Tears Foundation:

  • 010 590 5920

Here is a video you can watch for more information: 


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