NORTHDALE Hospital joined the whole country in reaching out and expressing their frustration, heartbreak and anger over the recent incidents of abuse, killings and rape of women by men by hosting an awareness campaign last Friday.The campaign was not only attended by women but also by men, who lit candles as they pledged to protect women and children. Chief executive officer (CEO) of the hospital Buhle Maphanga said: “Women and children abuse is one area that is taken as a priority and, as a hospital, we are saying enough is enough. “We also receive a number of clients who are exposed to such violence. We want to stop this violence and we are not going to stop today, we are going to continue [with our campaign]. Where there is a group of people, we want to teach them about abuse. “We want to encourage people to speak out against abuse because that is where the problem starts.“If people are in an unhealthy relationship they still feel ashamed to speak out, to say that they are being abused, and that is why we see couples dead,” she said.She said some people still feel that there is shame in talking about the abuse they face.“Abuse is a sickness like any other, we do not have keep it to ourselves. There are also services that are available here at the hospital to assist the victims of abuse. “Victims must come out and get help because we do not want to write post-mortems, but we want to help them so they must not keep quiet. “If you are being abused, get out of that relationship before it is too late,” she said. Maphanga said they are not doing this wellness campaign alone, but that they also have a men’s forum within the hospital that is assisting them. She said that while they are busy raising awareness about women and children abuse, they have not forgotten that there are also men who are the victims of abuse.