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Domestic Violence Resources For Africa

Africa's Silent Epidemic: a Third of All Women Have Experienced Domestic Violence

Amidst the vast expanse of Africa's diverse landscapes and vibrant cultures, a silent epidemic thrives, inflicting untold suffering upon its most vulnerable inhabitants. Domestic violence, a scourge that knows no boundaries, casts a dark shadow over the continent, leaving behind a trail of shattered lives and broken dreams.


Domestic Violence Resources For Africa
Domestic Violence Resources For Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has served as a catalyst for a surge in domestic violence cases across Africa, laying bare the systemic inequalities and vulnerabilities that perpetuate this crisis. According to a study by the United Nations, a staggering 70% of women in Africa have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of their intimate partners, with even higher rates observed among women living in poverty or with disabilities.


Domestic Violence Resources Across World Regions


As lockdown measures were imposed to curb the spread of the virus, reports of domestic violence skyrocketed, amplifying the voices of those who suffer in silence. In Nigeria, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported a chilling 50% increase in domestic violence cases during the lockdown period, underscoring the heightened risks faced by survivors confined to their homes with their abusers.


Similarly, in South Africa, the police have witnessed a 25% surge in domestic violence cases since the onset of the pandemic. The shift to remote work has rendered many women more accessible to their abusers, exacerbating the cycle of violence and control.


Yet, amidst the darkness, signs of hope emerge. The increased visibility of domestic violence during the pandemic has spurred a renewed focus on addressing the root causes of abuse and providing essential support to survivors. In Kenya, the National Gender Violence Recovery Centre (NGVRC) has witnessed a 30% rise in the number of men seeking help for domestic violence, signaling a growing recognition of the diverse forms of abuse that affect both men and women.


Domestic Violence Resources


Moreover, organizations and grassroots initiatives across the continent are working tirelessly to provide critical support services to survivors, offering counseling, shelter, and legal advocacy to those in need. Hotlines staffed by trained professionals offer a lifeline to individuals grappling with the trauma of abuse, providing a safe space to seek guidance and support.


As allies in the fight against domestic violence, it is incumbent upon us to stand in solidarity with survivors, amplify their voices, and advocate for systemic change. By addressing the root causes of abuse, challenging harmful gender norms, and fostering a culture of respect and equality, we can create a future where every individual is free from the shackles of violence and oppression.


In the vast tapestry of Africa's landscapes and cultures, let us weave a narrative of hope and healing, where love triumphs over fear, and every voice is heard and valued. For in unity lies our strength, and in compassion lies our hope for a brighter tomorrow.


Angola

Women

She Will Survive


Virtual Knowledge Centre


phone: 260 665 9191

Benin

Women

Courants de Femmes


phone: 806 254 0376

Botswana

Everyone

Burkina Faso

Women

VOIX de FEMMES


phone: 226 38 47 08


She Will Survive


phone: 226 31 30 52

Burundi

Everyone

phone: +257 22 23 53 78


message on Facebook

Cabo Verde

Everyone

phone: 941 780 2232


message on Facebook

Cameroon

Women

Pour des Femmes et Filles épanouies


(+237) 222 29 13 67 / 6 99 85 07 17


She Will Survive

Central African Republic

Emergency

phone: 610600

Chad

Women

phone: 0235 66 77 50 35


message on Facebook

Comoros

Women

She Will Survive


phone: 0269 773 46 63

National Police

117

Democratic Republic of the Congo



Women

AFPDE


phone: +243994020783

Abuse Helpline

phone: (267) 220 52 94

Djibouti

Women

Egypt

Children (under 18)

Women

She Will Survive


202 257 87089

Men

Abuse Helpline


202 257 76792

Older Adults (over 60)

Abuse Helpline


202 257 76792

Eritrea

Women

Eswatini

Everyone

Ethiopia

Women

AWSAD


phone: (11) 124 2998/123 0777


message on Facebook

Everyone

UNFPA


7711

Guinea

Women

phone: 60 28-11-89

Kenya

Women

Liberia

Women & Children (under 18)

phone: 919 527 0517


message on Facebook

Mauritius

Women

SOS Femmes


phone: 139

Morocco

Women

ADFM Rabat


phone: (212) 2 82 64 00/01


message on Facebook

Namibia

Everyone

Niger


Abuse Helpline


phone: 227 74 12 55

Nigeria

Children (under 18)

Women

Men

Older Adults (over 60)

Dew Drop Foundation


(+234) 908 016 1319

Republic of the Congo

Everyone

National Police


phone: 05 548 59 95

Senegal

Women

 


Seychelles

Children (under 18)

Adults

Quality of Life Division Helpline – Ministry of Family, Youth and Sport


phone: 2722293

Sierra Leone

Women & Children (under 18)

Graceland Sierra Leone


phone: 240 215


message on Facebook

Somalia

Women & Children (under 18)

South Africa

Children (under 18)

Women

Men

LifeLine


0800-150-150

Older Adults (over 60)

Crime Stop


08600 10111

Sudan

Women

General Union of Sudanese Women


phone: 9696


message on Facebook

Tanzania

Women

Kiwohede


phone: 0800 780 100


message on Facebook

Tunisia

Women

Zambia

Women & Children (under 18)

YWCA Council Of Zambia:


phone: 1 25 52 04


message on Facebook


How can I tell if someone is being abused?

Recognizing and responding to signs of abuse is crucial in providing support to those who may be in danger. Here’s a summary of the steps you can take to help someone you suspect is being abused:

  • Be observant: Pay attention to subtle signs such as isolation from friends and family, financial control, and reluctance to discuss their relationship.

  • Listen without judgment: Offer a supportive ear and avoid pressuring the victim to take action. Understand that leaving an abusive situation can be complex and dangerous.

  • Make an anonymous report: If you witness or suspect ongoing abuse, don’t hesitate to call the authorities. Your intervention could save a life.

  • Reach out to support services: Refer the victim to organizations equipped to handle cases of abuse. These services can provide guidance and assistance while respecting confidentiality.

  • Avoid contact with the abuser: Refrain from confronting the perpetrator directly. Leave intervention to trained professionals to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

  • Maintain confidentiality: Respect the privacy of the victim by keeping any disclosures or reports confidential. Avoid sharing details on social media, as it could compromise the victim’s safety.

By following these steps, you can offer vital support to those experiencing abuse while minimizing risks to yourself and the victim. Remember that your actions can make a difference in helping someone escape a dangerous situation.


Violence Prevention and Self Defense Techniques

The Center for Violence Prevention and Self Defense (CVPSD) is a non profit 501(C)(3) with a mission to stop violence by educating at-risk people and empower them with the skills needed to protect themselves by providing online and live training. 


Through workshops and seminars we educate participants about violence prevention and guide them on assessing risk factors while establishing boundaries in relationships. Additionally practical self defense classes equip people with hands on skills and effective strategies to prevent and intervene in cases of assault. CVPSD reaches individuals and communities through partnerships with schools and other nonprofits, community groups, as well as classes for the public.

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