Partners and Funders

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation

The CSVR is a multi-disciplinary institute concerned with policy formation, implementation, service delivery, education and training, as well as providing consultancy services. So although the centre functions with many different departments as outlined here, its strength lies in being able to harness the different skills and expertise from the different departments into delivering a comprehensive and integrated service to organisations and the community. The CSVR also operates its own Trauma Clinic providing counselling services for both victims and perpetrators of violence. As such, in its fields of violence, reconciliation and conflict management, and in its ability to integrate many different disciplines in this field, the CSVR is unique in the world.


Community Law Centre

The Community Law Centre at the University of the Western Cape (‘the Centre’), established in 1990, works to realise the democratic values and human rights enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution. It is founded on the belief that our constitutional order must promote good governance, socio-economic development and the protection of the rights of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. Given the need for regional integration to encourage development in Africa, the Centre also seeks to advance human rights and democracy in this broader context. Based on high quality research, the Centre engages in policy development, advocacy and educational initiatives, focusing on areas critical to the realisation of human rights and democracy in South Africa and Africa in general.

Phone:  +27 21 959 2950/2951
Fax:      +27 21 959 2411


Diakonia Council of Churches

The core business of the Diakonia Council of Churches is the pursuit of justice: meaning an improved quality of life for the poor, as well as changes in attitudes and structures which perpetuate injustice. This is fundamental to our identity as an organisation. The churches have a unique contribution to make to the struggle against injustice and poverty. Our task is to facilitate, enable and equip the churches for the task of making this unique contribution.


Kwazulu Natal Network on Violence Against Women

The KwaZulu Natal Network on Violence against Women was founded in 1996 and is registered as a Not for Profit Organization (NPO). The Network aims to advocate for the prevention and eradication of all forms of violence against women, promote gender equality through lobbying, advocacy, capacity building and public awareness rising. It also aims to address the issue of HIV/AIDS through its efforts to prevent sexual violence which is one of main contributors to the high level of infection in South Africa.  The Network represents a wide array of constituents from urban, to deep rural and traditional communities and encourages utilization of local resources to achieve its aims.

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Tel: +27 31 261 34 71
Fax: +27 31 261 34 71


Masimanyane Women's Support Centre

Masimanyane Women's Support Centre is a non-profit international women's organisation based in East London, South Africa. With a specific focus on gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights and the gendered nature of HIV and Aids, we aim to build the capacity of women and human rights advocates to claim and realise women's human rights. This is done through the development of new knowledge and the utilisation of a rights-based approach.



Mosaic is a non-profit organisation that enables abused youth and adults to heal and empower themselves in dealing with domestic violence and abuse. The organisation works in partnership with government and other service providers in communities in and around Cape Town, and deliver a range of prevention and support services. Through its Court Support Project over 20,000 people, mostly women, are assisted with protection order applications at domestic violence courts in Cape Town. In the last few years Mosaic also partnered in three research studies on the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act.

Marieta de Vos
Tel:  +27 21 761 7585
Fax: +27 21 761 7584
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Nisaa Institute for Women’s Development

The Nisaa Institute for Women’s Development is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, which focuses on the prevention of gender violence and the empowerment of women who have been abused at the hands of their partners. The organization offers services to the survivors of domestic violence and their children. Nisaa was started by a group of committed women activists, in response to the growing problem of violence against women. The organisation was initiated at the end of 1993 and launched in April 1994, with the assistance of the Frauen Anstiftung. The organization is opposed to all forms of oppression, exploitation and violence against women and subscribes to the principle of non-sectarianism and social transformation.

Dr Z Dangor

19 Link Street,
Extension 1,
Lenasia 1827
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1057
Tel:  +27 11 854-5804/5
Fax: +27 11 854-5718

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Emergency after- hours Tel: (011) 231-5050 code BA 224


Oxfam Novib

Oxfam Novib, a member of  Oxfam International, is fighting for a just world without poverty. Together with people, organisations, businesses and governments. Through projects and lobby. Locally and internationally. Because poverty and injustice are global problems. They are about unjust economic and political relationships. That is why all the Oxfams are working together to have more influence and achieve more in our struggle for a just world without poverty.


People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA)

People Opposing Women Abuse was established in 1979 as a response to the high levels of violence against women experienced in the community. POWA has thus, effectively been operational for the past 23 years. The Organisation is a registered non-profit Section 21 Company - Registration No. 2001/003984/08. POWA was primarily initiated by volunteers and offered services to women who experienced domestic violence, sexual harassment, rape and adult survivors of incest. The Organisation has a strong gender sensitive stance and seeks to empower women through the process of counselling, education, advocacy and lobbying. POWA is based in Berea, in the Johannesburg inner city area.

Tel: +27 11 642-4345
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The Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Our goals for more than half a century have been to:

  • Strengthen democratic values
  • Reduce poverty and injustice
  • Promote international cooperation
  • Advance human achievement

Tel. (+1) 212-573-5000
Fax (+1) 212-351-3677


The Gender, Health and Justice Research

The Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit at the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences (Division of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology) conducts progressive research in the area of women’s rights.  Faced with staggering levels of violence against women in South Africa, the Unit is dedicated to improving access to health and justice services for survivors of gender-based violence.  The Unit uses interdisciplinary methods from various academic fields including law, the social sciences, and public health to contribute to policies and laws and to advocate for social justice.

University of Cape Town
Faculty of Health Sciences
Falmouth Building
Entrance 1, Level 1
Anzio Road
Tel: (021) 406-6024
Fax: (021) 406-6020
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The Heinrich Böll Stiftung

The Heinrich Böll Stiftung, associated with the German Green Party, is a legally autonomous and intellectually open political foundation. Heinrich Böll's belief in and promotion of citizen participation in politics is the model for the foundation's work.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation's most important area of activity are its projects in developmental co-operation and international policy. With 22 offices worldwide, we currently support projects in more than 60 countries on four continents.

Our programme areas in Southern Africa are:

  • Political & Human Rights
  • Sustainable Development
  • Transparency & Participation
  • Dialogue & Networking

The Avalon Building I
123 Hope Street
Gardens, 8001
Cape Town

Phone: +27 21 461 6266


Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme's

The Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme’s mission is to generate an attitude of zero tolerance towards sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and HIV/AIDS based stigma and discrimination in the Thulamela Municipality. The programme offers a basket of services including Access to Justice, Zero Tolerance to Violence Villages, Empowerment, Positive Support (HIV/AIDS) and SETA Accredited Training in addition to operating 24/7 Trauma Centers at 2 hospitals in the District.

Fiona Nicholson
Programme Director
P.O.Box 754

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Tel:+27 15 963 1222
Fax:+27 15 963 1973


Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre

Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre was established in 1996. The organization now runs two offices, one in Braamfontein, Gauteng and the other in Acornhoek, Mpumalanga. Both offices provide direct legal assistance to women who have experienced sexual violence and/or domestic violence, or who are seeking to obtain maintenance. In addition to our direct service work, Tshwaranang undertakes research examining the implementation of policy and law; the provision of comprehensive services to women; and the politics of engaging with state processes around violence against women. Our research also informs our litigation work, as well as our engagement with law reform and policy formulation processes.

Lisa Vetten
Researcher and policy analyst
Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre to End Violence Against Women

Tel: +27 11 403 8230/4267 or 0828226725
Fax: +27 11 403 4275
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Western Cape Network on Violence Against Women

The Western Cape Network & its members are a strong, united body which coordinates and integrates organizations and individuals through advocacy, public awareness, training and support with a developmental approach in order to progressively realize women’s right to a life free from all forms of violence.

Tel: +27 21 633 5287
Fax: +27 21 637 0785
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Women’sNet is a feminist organisation that works to advance gender equality and justice in South Africa through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). We provide training and facilitate content dissemination and creation that supports women, girls, and women’s and gender organisations and networks to take control of their own content and ICT use.

31 Quinn street
PO Box 62577
Tel: +27 11 429 000/1/2
Fax: +27 11 838 9871
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