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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...

The Struggle of Women’s Month
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The Struggle of Women’s Month

Women’s Day was first celebrated in South Africa on 9 August 1995. I was only two-years-old at that time. I must admit, I grew up not truly appreciating the importance and significance of public holidays – I mainly saw them as a day off school. I only really began to engage with public holidays more...

“I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.”
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“I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.”

“I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.” – Maya Angelou The above quote is testament to the extraordinary ways women are. Navigating through dire circumstances, facing challenges never anticipated and succeeding, the quote emphasises that women are indeed extraordinary human beings with dreams, goals, needs and most of all human rights. As Women’s...

LvA Founder Knighted by French Government
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LvA Founder Knighted by French Government

Lawyers against Abuse is proud and delighted to announce that on 19 March, our founder and chair of our board, Prof. Bonita Meyersfeld, was appointed a Knight of the National Order of Merit by France in recognition of over 20 years of work addressing gender-based violence in South Africa. In particular, the appointment recognised Prof....

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