brings it more to the fore. Otherwise it may just be diluted or lost throughout the year. “We can never lead-up on the awareness and the advocacy, also the pressure to change things in terms of empowerment of women, having a voice and stopping the cycles of abuse,” she said.“Also having a period where it comes more to our consciousness is important but at the same time we can never lose that focus the entire year,” said the CEO, who advised that talking about abuse and healthy relationships is important if we want to move forward. In conclusion, Hattingh offered some safety tips that she recommends should be discussed and shared far and wide.SAFETY TIPS FOR WOMEN• Of utmost importance is to trust your instincts. If someone or something makes you feel uneasy, avoid the individual and leave the area.• Contact your private security service provider and ask them if they offer a mobile panic alarm service which could be downloaded to your mobile phone.• Tell someone where you are going and the time you expect to return. Save to your mobile phone or memorise the details of the person to be contacted in the event of an emergency. • Be aware of people around you when heading to your vehicle, especially at places such as shopping centres, petrol stations, etc. Ensure that you take a moment to check the street before pulling into a driveway, be it your own or a friend’s.• If you are driving, the first thing to do once you are inside your vehicle is to ensure that all the doors are locked. Never drive with a handbag or any other valuable items on a seat or in the view of anyone looking into your vehicle. SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN• Children should always walk to or from school with a friend or friends. They should stick to streets they know and never take short cuts through quiet areas or empty parking lots. Never walk with cell phones and iPads in full view.• If being picked up at school, tell them to never leave the premises but always wait inside the school grounds for their lift.• Tell your children never to get into a stranger’s car. Consider using a password system — teach them that if the person collecting them from school cannot repeat the password you agreed on, they should immediately ask for help.• If your child does encounter any suspicious activity, encourage them to memorise physical details and clothing as well as vehicle details that might help identify suspects at a later stage. • Make sure your children memorises their full names, address, and phone number and teach them when and how to dial 10111.• Find out if your security company offers a mobile tracking app. This is an effective way of alerting emergency service providers when you need them while also giving them your accurate location.