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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...