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Trauma-informed approach: Negotiating a safe home by offering unconditional love for minors during Covid-19 health pandemic – Bandile Seleme
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Trauma-informed approach: Negotiating a safe home by offering unconditional love for minors during Covid-19 health pandemic – Bandile Seleme

When I think of home I think of a place where there’s love overflowing I wish I was home I wish I was back there with the things I been knowing -The Wiz   The above lyrics describes an ideal home where one experiences unconditional love. When the world presents itself with uncertainty inherent in...

Strengthening family systems-intergenerational trauma and caregiver support
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Strengthening family systems-intergenerational trauma and caregiver support

SUPPORTING MINORS WHO ARE SURVIVORS OF TRAUMA: FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A PRIMARY CAREGIVER By Nzulu Skosana Defining trauma A trauma is defined as “an experience that typically overwhelms an individual mentally, emotionally and physically, resulting in an intense fear, helplessness and loss of control.” For any individual, a traumatic experience is life changing. Particularly...

2019 Year in Review
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2019 Year in Review

As 2019 comes to a close, we are excited to share with you all that was accomplished throughout the year! LvA made tremendous strides in advancing its mission to provide integrated legal and psychosocial support services to victims of gender-based violence (GBV) and to facilitate systemic change through strategic engagement with state actors and the communities...

Shelters in South Africa
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Shelters in South Africa

Lawyers against Abuse (LvA) is a non-profit organisation that seeks to provide holistic legal and psychosocial support to victims of gender-based violence (GBV) and to facilitate systemic change through strategic engagement with state actors and the communities in which we serve. There are several definitions used for GBV. One researcher defines it as, “the general...

Providing Holistic Support to Children
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Providing Holistic Support to Children

Case note: M v S (A343/2018) [2019] ZAWCHC 101 (14 May 2019) Providing holistic support to children and bridging the gaps within the criminal justice system In May 2016, when M was just 11-years old, her father tried to rape her. The doctor who examined her found injuries compatible with recent forced or attempted penetration...

2019 Art Auction & Gala Dinner
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2019 Art Auction & Gala Dinner

On 26 September 2019, Laywers against Abuse (LvA) hosted its biennial Art Auction & Gala Dinner at the Killarney Country Club. Thanks to the generosity of the contributing artists and galleries, as well as the evenings’ guests and sponsors, the evening raised just under R1,200,000. These funds will be used to support LvA’s ongoing work...

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Press Release

Lawyers against Abuse condemns rampant acts of gender-based violence and demands government to strengthen the justice system response to these crimes. In response to recent reports of widespread rape, murder and abuse of women and children across South Africa, non-profit organisation Lawyers against Abuse (LvA) strongly condemns these rampant acts of gender-based violence (GBV) and...

A Luta Continua (The Struggle Continues)
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A Luta Continua (The Struggle Continues)

In South Africa, the month of August is known as “Women’s Month”. It is set aside as a time to reflect on South African women’s resistance to oppressive systems through movement building and other acts of disruption. We specifically remember the 1956 women’s march against the unjust pass laws through a multitude of talks and...

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