Gender Based Violence increased with 500% since Lockdown
Since the onset of the lockdown, the number of gender-based violence (GBV) cases has risen by 500%.
Accoring to IOL, Molefi Takalo, Lifeline SA Chief Executive said on Tuesday that the number of GBV distress calls had increased from 12,000 to almost 80,000 since the onset of the lockdown.
“The number of interactions we’re receiving through the line are astronomical during this time of restricted movement.”
The Carling Black Label initiative, #NoExcuse recently started a Whatsapp line as a platform for victim and perpetrators of GBV.
“The daily interaction rate has increased tremendously and the volume of calls is 10 times higher,”Takalo said.
The #NoExcuse campaign is not only a reporting platform for victims, but is also aimed at men who are struggling to deal with their frustrations during the lockdown.
The campaigns ambassador, Dr Musawenkosi Mthombeni said abuse was a silent killer.
“It is important for those who are looking for help in situations of abuse, whether the victim or the aggressor, are able to get help through platforms such as this #NoExcuse Whatsapp line.”
Mthombeni added that men needed to have an honest discussion among themselves and stand up and do something about Gender Based Violence.
Carling Black Label’s brand director, Arné Rust, said the initiative was “to encourage people to be brave and give them a way to get help”.
“This WhatsApp line gives victims of abuse, who could be men or women, a way to get counselling silently. It also puts men, who are struggling to be their inner champion, in touch with a mentor, someone to talk to, so that they can start on the journey to be champion men. All of this can now happen silently,” Rust said.
Sources: City Press News, IOL
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