Gender-Based & Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence occurs when your abuser subjects you to any of the following forms of abuse:

• Physical abuse
• Sexual abuse
• Emotional, verbal & psychological abuse
• Economic abuse
• Intimidation
• Harassment
• Stalking
• Damage to property
• Any other controlling or abusive behavior

Always have a safety plan against Domestic Violence to help avoid or minimize any violence, because you may not always know when violence will occur.

Your safety plans should include:
• Not doing it alone
• Having a place to go i.e. friends, family or a safe house
• Packing a bag that contains extra clothing for yourself and the children, copies of documents such as your ID, children’s birth certificates, your Protection Order, extra medication if necessary and copies of house/car keys.
• Give copies of your keys to a neighbour in cases where your abuser is known to lock you in a room and leave the premises.
• Place neighbours or family’s telephone numbers on speed dial.
• Inform neighbours, friends and your family of signs of danger and put a support plan in place eg asking them to come around if they have not heard from or seen you within a certain time after you have attempted to leave.
• Children who are old enough should be informed of signs of impending violence and whom to call for help eg SAPS, family, the neighbours.