We work to prevent and eliminate of all forms of violence against women and girls by assisting and empowering survivors, sanctioning perpetrators, seeking justice for victims and working with communities so that they take the responsibility to recongnise and denounce violence.
Ilitha Labantu’s work is guided by the national comprehensive policy and normative framework which focuses on the elimination of gender-based violence in line with international standards. Our key pillar is therefore violence prevention with a focus on tackling the root causes of violence such as intergenerational poverty and negative gender norms and stereotypes.
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How we make a difference
Assessment and referrals
We screen cases to assess their eligibility for Ilitha Labantu services and refer cases that do not meet eligibility criteria to relevant service providers.
We assist survivors of domestic violence and other violations to break the cycle of abuse by dealing with the trauma of abuse and developing coping skills to deal with their problems.
Support groups foster mutual support and understanding and offer a platform for survivors of domestic abuse or those affected by it to discuss the dynamics of abuse and share their experiences often leading to their growth and development.
Perhaps the most urgent and
crisis-driven aspect of Ilitha Labantu’s work is to provide counselling to women, children and other vulnerable groups in townships and rural areas who have suffered abuse and violence.
Ilitha Labantu focuses primarily on preventative and survivor support (secondary) measures.
Through our policy and advocacy work, we contribute towards the development of an alternative pro-poor gender policy framework and support awareness raising on violence against women and children. A key component of this work is also the simplification of relevant legal options and procedures – ensuring that we educate our communities about the current laws that protect women, children and the elderly.
Policy and Advocacy
We provide legal advice and legal counselling to clients, follow up on client cases and and keep clients updated about the progress of their cases.
We assist our clients to fill out protection order forms and also provide legal advise at court and referrals to appropriate institutions. Together with our community network, we conduct court picketing especially in rape and femicide cases to support affected families and communities, exert influence on relevant authorities, and draw attention to the continued scourge of violence against women and children.
We regularly hold empowerment and educational
training workshops on relevant pieces of legislation and simple legal and court procedures and educate communities on domestic violence.
Lobbying and advocacy
We consistently place attention on domestic violence to ensure improved integration of domestic violence issues with other issues such crime, policing and social cohesion and to influence policy makers and ensure a coordinated effort to find solutions to assist survivors and end gender-based violence within our communities.
Outreach and Education
Our school visitation programme forms part of the existing Life Orientation subject at schools. The programme is delivered for both primary and secondary school learners, usually below the age of 18, and tailored for children who live in communities where
violence and abuse have been normalised.The overall aim is to build up youth that are sensitised and socially conscious – being both vigilant and assertive as well as responsible for their actions.
An informed public is central to creating community support and partnerships to prevent domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. Our messaging is positive - we focus on the many ways communities can support and strengthen families – and is tailored to the perspectives of our target audience.
Our workshops provide community members with the opportunity to learn about domestic violence and abuse and how to prevent it or report it. These sessions are an avenue to develop skills such as public speaking, literacy, and problem solving and boost self-confidence as participants take an active approach to decision making and ending or preventing violence in their sphere of influence.
Through our on-going awareness raising programmes in townships, we aim to create a supportive atmosphere in which people can address interpersonal violence openly
Building Bridges is a unique employment training initiative designed for abused and young women – many of whom have experienced early pregnancy. The programme takes a holistic approach to employment preparation by addressing the individuals’ physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs in the way she approaches learning and employment.
Employment Readiness Building Bridges Programme
Assisting women to break the cycle of abuse by moving from being dependent to being self-directed and independent.
Providing specific training in “bridging” or transferable skills to improve learning potential and further training or employment opportunities
Job seeking support
Enabling abused women and young mothers to develop and implement their plans for employment and facilitating their ability to support themselves and their families.
Who can seek shelter at the transitional house?
Any woman, with or without children, who has been physically, emotionally, verbally, financially, psychologically or sexually abused will be welcomed into the transitional house.
Are children also welcome?
Yes, women and their children can seek shelter here. The house also assists women who want to remove their children away from abuse at home.
Are there any additional services?
Yes, women are also offered psychosocial support so that they can move on successfully with their lives after leaving the house. These services include: counselling and advice; crisis intervention; legal advice; referrals services; training and education and access to support groups.
The Dorothy Zihlangu Shelter operates as a
transitional house programme offering immediateshelter specifically for battered and abused women and their children for up to
We rely on our holistic community-driven
approach to development in creating food secure
communities by focusing not only on the immediate provision of meals through food support programmes but also linking in job creation initiatives and rehabilitation services for
vulnerable women and children affected by domestic violence who have become food insecure.
Provincial Food Distribution Centre
Ilitha Labantu in partnership with the Department of Social Development (DSD) established and
operates the Provincial Food Distribution Centre which distributes food to all Community Nutritional Development Centre’s throughout the provinces in a timely manner.
Community Nutritional Development Centre
Ilitha Labantu’s food distribution model comprises of setting up and operating Community Nutritional Development Centre’s which ensure access to nutritional food for vulnerable and food insecure households. These community-based feeding centres operated by local community-based organisations (CBOs) with our support, provide cooked nutritious meals to vulnerable and food insecure members of the community in a shared space.