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Kees and Emma Cruijsen
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Kees and Emma Cruijsen

Husband and wife, Kees and Emma Cruijsen, joined forces to raise an impressive R10,500 from friends and family in connection with the 2018 MTN Walk the Talk with 702. Read on to learn more about why they chose to spend their Sunday walking 15km through Johannesburg to raise funds and awareness for LvA’s work. Violence...

Empowering Social Change Agents: LvA’s Community Action Groups
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Empowering Social Change Agents: LvA’s Community Action Groups

LvA’s work follows a two-pronged approach: PREVENTION and RESPONSE. In addition to providing integrated legal and psychosocial support services to victims when violence does happen, 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. Through...

Importance of the Integrated Approach
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Importance of the Integrated Approach

One of the things that makes LvA’s approach to gender-based violence truly unique is the integrated nature of our services. As we provide our clients with both legal and psychosocial support, they are not only fully supported through the legal process, but, through therapy, are able to move from a place of victimisation to one...

From Victims to Superhero
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From Victims to Superhero

While Tshepiso* was a victim of sexual violence herself, it was her younger cousin’s abuse that brought her to LvA.  Tshepiso’s 6 year old cousin, Karabo*, had confided in her about the sexual abuse she had experienced and Tshepiso was going to testify on her behalf at the upcoming trial.  Tshepiso began meeting with LvA’s...

A Testimony of Strength and Determination
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A Testimony of Strength and Determination

In 2015, Anna* was raped by a local taxi driver, Jakes*, who’d offered her a lift home. After dropping off the other passengers, he took her to a deserted area in Diepsloot despite her protests. When she refused to have sex with him, he began to beat her severely and threatened to kill her. She...

Malefu
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Malefu

For many of the clients who come to LvA, therapy is the beginning of the work – not simply a quick fix or a happy ending.  It is an opportunity to reclaim strength and one’s sense self-worth necessary to successfully journey through the emotional ups and downs that undoubtedly lie ahead.  While many clients obtain...

Rea Phiri
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Rea Phiri

Besides the horrific stats I’ve read about in the newspapers, my interest in LvA was motivated by the memory of an unfortunate incident that took place a few years ago when a young boy in Grade 9, at a school I used to volunteer at, kicked his fellow girl classmate in the mouth because, and...

Launch of Diepsloot GBV Forum
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Launch of Diepsloot GBV Forum

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Eradicating gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa is no small feat.  Helping each victim of women and child abuse and addressing existing systemic gaps is a massive undertaking.  Try as we might, LvA cannot do it alone.  Neither can our partners, which is...

Leslie Randolph
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Leslie Randolph

“I think many expats share an overwhelming desire to give back to their host country.  I know I did upon arriving in Johannesburg nearly three years ago.  I believe we have a responsibility to give back to the country that is hosting us and, if possible, to leave it better than how we found it.  In...

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