How to help victims of gender-based violence

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Look for changes in a friend’s behaviour to help identify if they are a victim of GBV.
Look for changes in a friend’s behaviour to help identify if they are a victim of GBV.
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South Africa is no stranger to gender-based violence (GBV) and with the festive season just around the corner, we need to be more vigilant than ever.

This is a time when more people are at home taking December leave and when alcohol consumption is likely to be high. For these two reasons alone, it’s crucial to be on the lookout for the safety of loved ones and not turn a blind eye when you suspect they may be victims of abuse.

Although it’s not a good idea to get physically involved as it might put your life in danger, there are still things you can do to help. Not least, get professional assistance so cases can be reported to the police and the victims can get psychological support.

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