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Covid-19 Lockdown: Are you locked-up with your abuser? Here is where you can find help

"Abusers might use the Covid-19 lockdown to exert further control and discourage victims from leaving the house."

During this time of crisis in the country, concerns about women and children living in abusive homes was raised by many.

Alta McMaster, a manager at PWC, said abusers might also use the Covid-19 lockdown to exert further control and discourage victims from leaving the house.

Also read: Fighting domestic violence

“Social distancing and self-isolation can make living with an abusive partner even more challenging.”

McMaster encouraged everyone to memorise and record phone numbers of their closest crisis centre so that an instant message or a call can connect them to the help they need.

“Many organisations will be working closely with the police over this period to intensify efforts of help and support.”

McMaster shared information on who victims can call for assistance.

Also read: Covid-19 – Lockdown with my abuser

“The Epic Foundation’s counsellors are available for telephonic counselling, WhatsApp counselling and Skype if you prefer,” said McMaster.

Victims can send a WhatsApp to the Epic Foundation with their name and the area they are in.

The foundation’s number is 082 940 6230.

Alternatively, survivors can contact counsellors who support Epic Foundation during this time.

Although an area is indicated where they are, this will be telephonic or WhatsApp contact to any of the counsellors:

Also read: Covid-19: Police welcome decrease of serious crimes during lockdown

Lifeline centres across South Africa:

Additional organisations that render help and support:

  • Kids Haven in Benoni is open to admit any children who are victims of abuse. Sam Mokgopha or Moira Simpson on 011 421 4222 or sam@kidshaven.co.za, moiras@kidshaven.co.za
  • Teddy Bear Clinic renders emergency services to victims. Shaheda Omar  083 557 3720.
  • Childline Gauteng Lynne Cawood 0800 055 555.
  • Amcare shelter in Alberton is open during the lockdown. Marihet Infantino 011 869 5856 or marihetinfo@amcare.org.za
  • The Viva Foundation Pretoria, Meleney Kriel 079 954 4426.
  • South African Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Rape group offers support via phone, WhatsApp, text voice or video calls. Rees Man 083 325 2141 or rees@samsosa.org

For further information, contact the Epic Foundation at info@epicfoundation.org.za

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