Lawyers against Abuse (LvA) is a non-profit organisation that provides free legal and psychosocial support services to victims of gender-based violence, including sexual violence, domestic violence, and child abuse. LvA also works to facilitate structural change through strategic engagement with state actors and the communities in which we serve.

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 Action

LvA operates a legal services centre in the heart of Diepsloot, an informal settlement in northern Johannesburg that is home to approximately 500,000. Recent research has confirmed that sexual violence and domestic violence are rife within the community, with rates more than double the prevalence than in other parts of the country.

LvA’s work follows a two-pronged approach: PREVENTION and RESPONSE. Through our community engagement, we seek to empower women and girls in Diepsloot, providing them with the tools to challenge the conditions that lead to the existence of violence in the first place. At the same time, we work to address the real legal and psychosocial needs of victims when violence does happen and strive to ensure accountability within the justice system.

  • 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. Although
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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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How you can help

Ensure that victims of violence do not have to walk this road alone.

Want to learn more?

LvA’s 2016 Annual Report