Shelters for Women Who are Abused
A shelter is a place where victims of crime and violence are able to live for a period of 1 day up to approximately 3 months depending on the needs of the victims.
• providing a safe place to live,
A shelter for victims of crime and violence does not provide statutory services to children; therefore shelters can't accommodate children without their parents/ legal guardians.
There are a number of shelters for abused women and their children in the Western Cape registered with the Department of Social Development.
Women in need of protection can contact a shelter directly, or ask a social worker at the nearest regional office of the Department, or your nearest police station for assistance in contacting a shelter.
Such women should also consider applying for a protection order.
Women who are being abused by persons addicted to drugs or alcohol may also consider applying to have their abuser committed to a drug treatment centre.
Should the abuser be known to have a licensed firearm, an application to have the firearm removed can also be considered.
Contact or go to a shelter directly, or ask for help on how to get to the nearest shelter at your nearest regional office or at your nearest police station.
|Government Body:||(Western Cape Government)|
- Protection from Domestic Abuse (Service)
- Minimum Standards for Service Delivery in Victim Empowerment (Policies) (File type: pdf; size: 1.52 MB)