Monthly Archives: March 2014

Support and Counselling: Gender Based Violence

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that between 40 percent and 70 percent of women are killed by their partners in South Africa.

The Department of Social Development and the Vodacom Foundation has launched a 24-hour call centre dedicated to providing support and counselling to victims (survivors) of Gender Based Violence.The number to call is:

0800-428-428

where victims (survivors) will speak to a Social Worker for assistance and counselling. Social Workers answering the calls are expected to provide telephonic support and counselling and direct the victims (survivors) cases to Social Workers in their pilot areas/districts. Social Workers have been trained on the Gender Based Violence Command Centre systems and have been given cell phones to provide feedback on cases.

You can also request a Social Worker to call you at *120*7867# free of charge from any cell phone.

How to love an angry man . . .

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I found this blog post which I just had to share with you because I’m sure many will find this helpful.

http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/how-to-love-an-angry-man-understanding-and-helping-your-partner-kerj/

If you know someone who needs this information, please pass it on to them.

Wives be submissive to your husbands . . .

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The 8th March marked International Women’s Day when, once again, issues of violence against women was highlighted.

Let me say from the outset that this website is completely inter-denominational and this blog post is not meant to dictate or preach to anyone. The intention of this blog post is merely to express another viewpoint on the subject: violence against women.

This week I would like us to look at a Biblical view of violence against women.

Why? Because many abusers misinterpret and/or misquote what the Bible says about how men should behave towards women. The section in the Bible I am referring to here is: Ephesians 5: 21 – 33.

The verse often misquoted or misinterpreted is: “Wives be submissive to your husbands”. This is often quoted by men as an excuse to abuse women. They think this verse gives them permission to treat women as doormats and as sex objects to be possessed and owned by them.

The rest of this part of scripture goes on to say: “Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave His life for it (Ephesians 5: 25). “Men ought to love their wives just as they love their own bodies. A man who loves his wife loves himself “ (Ephesians 5:28).

The Catholic Church’s response is summed up in the US Catholic Bishops Pastoral Response “When I call for help” which you can find here:
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/marriage/domestic-violence/when-i-call-for-help.cfm

What has been your experience?

Have you sought help from the church? What was their response?

We look forward to hearing from you.