The Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC) operates under The Department of Social Development. The Centre operates a National, 24hr/7days-a-week Call Centre facility. The facility employs social workers who are responsible for call-taking and call referrals. The Centre operates an Emergency Line number – 0800 428 428. This is supported by a USSD, “please call me” facility: *120*7867#. A Skype Line ‘Helpme GBV’ for members of the deaf community also exists. (Add ‘Helpme GBV’ to your Skype contacts). An SMS Based Line 31531 for persons with disabilities (SMS ‘help’ to 31531) also exists. The Centre is able to refer calls directly to SAPS (10111) and field Social Workers who respond to victims of GBV.
Presidential Summit on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide, 2022
It has been four (4) years since the Presidential Summit and the adoption of the Presidential Summit Declaration and two years since the National Strategic Plan on Gender- Based Violence and Femicide (NSP GBVF) was signed into effect by the President on 31 April 2020.
It is against this backdrop that President Cyril Ramaphosa has decided to convene the Presidential Summit on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide 2 in November 2022, to uphold the principle of accountability, and call those tasked with implementation to account where not enough is being done.
Visit the GBV Summit page to view more information on the 2022 Summit, the 2018 Summit and the Report of the Presidential Summit against Gender-based Violence and Femicide, 2018.
Commencement of enacted GBV amendment legislation
New GBV legislation enacted
President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law legislation aimed attrengthening efforts to end gender-based violence, with a victim-centred focus on combating this dehumanising pandemic.
The President has assented to the Criminal and Related Matters Amendment Act 12 of 2021, the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act Amendment Act 13 of 2021 and the Domestic Violence Amendment Act 14 of 2021...read more
Dated: 28 Jan 2022
The Gender-based Violence and Femicide National Strategic Plan (GBVF-NSP) was produced by the Interim Steering Committee established in April 2019 to respond to the gender-based violence and femicide crisis following the historic 2018 Presidential Summit on this subject. First published in 2020. The purpose is to pProvide a multi-sectoral, coherent strategic policy and programming framework to ensure a coordinated national response to the crisis of gender-based violence and femicide by the government of South Africa and the country as a whole.
The Under-The-Tree Dialogues are a national programme that will be rolled out across South Africa, starting in Nov 2019, with a specific focus on areas that have the highest levels of violence against women and they are aimed at raising awareness at positively changing the attitudes of men and boys towards women.
The dialogues are implemented by government in collaboration with other sectors of society such as faith-based organisations, traditional leadership and civil society formations and are part of the wider 365-day, year-round education, awareness and prevention campaign that government is rolling out in partnership with civil society. Statistics on sexual offences, including rape will be used to identify areas with high incidence that will be accordingly prioritised for the dialogues. The Dialogues are a catalytic intervention designed to kick-start constructive conversations between men and boys. As violence against women is not a problem of women; it is a problem of men. The solution lies in changing the attitudes of men towards women.
We call upon men and boys to heed the call to participate in Under-The-Tree Dialogues and play their part in breaking the cycle of violence. Through dialogues we want to:
- Encourage men to be positive role models to young boys and mentor and guide them in their journey to adulthood.
- Educate men and boys about the impact of abuse on the victims and families.
- Seek to redefine manhood by challenging and breaking down negative stereotypes about women within our communities.
- Encourage men and boys to learn to resolve conflict without resorting to violence or other abusive behaviour.
For more information on the Under-The-Tree Dialogues, please contact:
Mr. Max Mpuzana
Public Education and Communication
Department of Justice and COnstitutional Development
Tel: 012 357 8084
GBV Webinar: Domestic Violence Amendment Acts’ Regulations, 20 Oct 2022.
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Fighting the scourge of Gender Based Violence Community Imbizo, Delft, 13 May 2022
The Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr John Jeffery hosted a justice service delivery and Fighting the scourge of Gender Based Violence Community Imbizo at Delft, Cape Town, on 13 May 2022. The Imbizo is part of the Department’s recently launched "Year of the Community" programme and will focus exclusively on the on-going fight against Gender Based Violence and Femicide.
Fighting the scourge of Gender Based Violence Community Imbizo, Carolina, 05 May 2022
The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Ronald Lamola officially launched the Year of Community campaign at the Fighting the scourge of Gender Based Violence Community Imbizo in Carolina, Mpumalanga, on 5 May 2022. The Year of Community is part of the department’s efforts to encourage citizens to value and uphold their rights as enshrined in the Constitution and promote active participation by the public in the implementation of justice services. This inaugural launch will unfold as an Imbizo with a focus on Gender Based Violence and Femicide.
5 Days of Remembrance, Nov 2020
Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) message by Adv Praise Kambula at the 5 Days of Remembrance function held at the Department of Justice's National Office on 27 Nov 2020.
GBVF Webinar Series: Justice, Safety and Protection, Sep-Nov 2020
Ronald Lamola wants the justice system to be stronger when dealing with GBV, Radio 702, 19 Jun 2020
As President Cyril Ramaphosa said, South Africa is facing two pandemics, the second being gender-based violence. Activists saying it is not the coronavirus that is killing women, but men. No less than 21 women and children have been killed in the past couple of weeks, the latest victim, a 3-year-old, whose body was found with multiple stab wounds in an open veld in Orange Farm. Justice Minister.
[Radio 702, Breakfast with Bongani Bingwa, 19 Jun 2020, 13:12 min/mp3]
Follow this link to read the article: https://www.polity.org.za/article/laws-not-enough-to-curb-gbv-buy-in-from-men-boys-are-needed-lamola-2020-06-19
The 5th Annual Tsietsi Mashinini Memorial Lecture,
SABC News, 18 Jun 2020
The 5th Annual Tsietsi Mashinini Memorial Lecture focused on defining gender-based violence, its causes and what we as society can do to eliminate it.
The Modise Network | Government's Role in Addressing Gender-Based Violence | Part 2 | 07 September 2019
Deputy Minister of Justice John Jeffery laments the amendment of the Sexual Offenders Register to include all convicted rapists, and those men should hold each other accountable in the fight against femicide. Courtesy #DStv403
Let’s Talk Justice, Season 05, Episode 04: 22 Aug 2019 (Gender Based Violence)
Let’s Talk Justice, Season 05, Episode 03: 15 Aug 2019 (Sexual Offences Courts)
Let’s Talk Justice, Season 05, Episode 02: 08 Aug 2019 (Legal advice for Women)
Let’s Talk Justice, Season 04, Episode 15: 01 Nov 2018 (The Gender Summit)
Let’s Talk Justice, Season 04, Episode 13: 18 Oct 2018 (The role of the Commission of Gender Equality on Crimes of Gender-Based Violence)
Let’s Talk Justice, Season 04, Episode 12: 11 Oct 2018 (The role of the NPA on crimes of Gender-Based Violence)
Let’s Talk Justice, Season 04, Episode 11: 04 Oct 2018 (Gender-Based Violence)
The Final Verdict Series, 24 Sep 2011 (Episode 15 Accomplice to Rape)
The Final Verdict Series, 30 Jul 2011 (Episode 08 Ukuthwala)
The Final Verdict Series, 09 Jul 2011 (Episode 05 Child Abuse and Murder)
The Final Verdict Series, 18 Jun 2011 (Episode 02, Domestic Violence and Self Defence)