Durban - Legal attorney Yvonne Wakefield opened women’s month with a safe haven for victims of domestic violence.
Wakefield, in collaboration with LawForAll insurance and SweepSouth cleaning services has launched South Africa’s first comprehensive information and resource portal for domestic abuse and gender-based violence, called the “The Warrior Project”.
The portal gives women access to free legal helpline. It links to the police; counselling services and has a list of shelters.
“The problem of domestic abuse and gender-based violence in South Africa has reached massive proportions. It is now a crisis, and I could no longer look the other way," said Wakefield referring to “frightening” women homicide statistics: 39% globally and 59% in South Africa. She added that most homicides were committed by intimate partners.
The portal teaches women about their rights, what they can do to help themselves and help other women in violent relationships or women who have been sexually abused. It also informs women of legal action to take should they find themselves in abusive relationships.
For more information, visit the site here.The Independent on Saturday