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16 Days of Activism: Against Woman and Child Abuse

(Western Cape Government)

The International 16 Days of Activism campaign focuses on generating an increased awareness of the negative impact that violence and abuse have on women and children, and the social fabric of our society. The campaign starts on 25 November and ends on 10 December every year.

What you can do to help:


  • Break the silence against woman and child abuse.
  • Communities are urged to report abuse to the Police.
  • Encouraging children to report bullying behaviour to School authorities.
  • Families are motivated to collectively create a safe environment for all.
  • Adults to ensure that children are not exposed to inappropriate material.
  • Volunteers can donate their time in support of a Non-Governmental Organisation or community group working in their area to assist victims of abuse.

You can also report abuse on the following numbers:


  • Report crime anonymously: Call Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or SMS the CRIMELINE on 32211 (R1/sms)
  • In case of an emergency, dial 10111 immediately
  • Speak to a social worker via the Gender-Based Violence Command Centre number: 0800 428 428 (24 Hours) or send a please call me to *120*7867#
  • Get Help by calling the Department of Social Development’s Hotline on 0800 220 250
  • To report illegal gang activities: Call Law Enforcement on 086 076 5423 
  • Support your local CPF (Community Policing Forum) or Neighbourhood Watch
  • Report poor police service or good policing to Western Cape Police Ombudsman on 021 483 0669 or ombudsman@wcpo.gov.za

If you require support feel free contact the following helplines:


  • Stop Gender Violence Helpline 0800 150 150
  • Childline 0800 55 555
  • Lifeline 0861 322 322
  • Safeline 0800 03 553

For more information, view the following websites:

Department of Community Safety 

Department of Health 

Department of Social Development 

Join the conversation on Twitter

With Western Cape Government @WesternCapeGov and Minister of Community Safety @alanwinde using the following hashtags: 

#SaferWesternCape #SafestProvinceInSA #SafestProvinceInAfrica

For more information from the Western Cape Government, click here

View this video on the Department of Community Safety's 16 Days of Activism Campaign:

A message from Minister Alan Winde for the 16 Days of Activism: 

The content on this page was last updated on 6 January 2021