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.
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.
In Gauteng, where LvA is located, over
of women have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime.
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.
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.
When Maria was 19-years-old, her mother passed away, leaving her little brother and her in their step-father’s care.
After leaving an abusive relationship, Thando was violently assaulted in her home by her ex-boyfriend. After being beaten,
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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