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Meyerton elderly given guidance in dealing with GBV

Elderly people were also urged  to break their silence and report any form of abuse they may be experiencing to authorities. 

MEYERTON. – The elderly people of Meyerton were recently given guidance on dealing with matters of Gender-based Violence (GBV).

The educational session was held by the Meyerton social crime prevention coordinator, sector commander of sector 1, Victim Friendly Facility coordinator and Communication officer in conjunction with GBV brigades from the Department of Community Safety and Alpha Trauma Centre.

This is after it was discovered that the group, which is deemed as vulnerable in society had difficulties in reporting or getting help when faced with various social ills including GBV.

Police spokesperson Constable Tlaleng Moloi says, “Police together with the Meyerton GBV brigades realized that elderly people in the community when experiencing abuse and other social problems,  do not know what to do, whom to report to and how do to report such incidences.

“The purpose of the session was to educate and give out information about the services that SAPS and other stakeholders have forthe elderly in order to protect them against any form of abuse and which door to knock to when they having social problems.”

According to Moloi, the elderly people seemed not to understand how the protection order and its procedure works.

“The protection order in terms of the Domestic Violence Act and protection order in terms of the Harassment Act were explained to them in a simple way that an elderly person can comprehend.”

Elderly people were also urged  to break their silence and report any form of abuse they may be experiencing to authorities.

“Emergency numbers which include that of the station commander and sector commander of the area were given to them. Alpha trauma centre also presented the services they offer and also provided their contact details to the elderly.”  

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