Lawyers against Abuse (LvA) is a South African non-profit organisation providing free legal services and psycho-social support to victims of gender-based violence (GBV), including sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, and child abuse.

Our Vision

LvA envisions a South Africa in which victims of gender-based violence (GBV) have access to holistic legal and psycho-social services, and to an effective justice system that respects their rights and dignity.

Our Reality

In South Africa it is estimated that


In Gauteng, where LvA is located, over

of women have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime.


Our Context

LvA is based in Diepsloot, an informal settlement north of Johannesburg that is home to an estimated 500,000 people. Rates of GBV are staggeringly high in Diepsloot, yet LvA is the only organisation of its kind in the community.


Our Approach

In addition to assisting individual clients, LvA’s community-based model aims to catalyse systemic change through strategic and sustained work in a single community.

Our Action

LvA works across four key project areas in order to achieve our vision:


  • Maria's Story

    When Maria was 19-years-old, her mother passed away, leaving her little brother and her in their step-father’s care.
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  • Thando's Story

    After leaving an abusive relationship, Thando was violently assaulted in her home by her ex-boyfriend. After being beaten,
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  • Sharon's Story

    Sharon is the mother of two little boys, aged five and ten years old. One evening, her ex-boyfriend followed her sons home
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Help provide hope, healing and justice to GBV victims!

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