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Lawyers against Abuse (LvA)

Johannesburg, South Africa
Joined April 2021

Lawyers against Abuse (LvA) is a non-profit organisation that uses an integrated approach to address gender-based violence (GBV) in Diepsloot, an informal settlement on the edge of Johannesburg.



Presence in: South Africa
Focus: Gender-based violence

Lawyers against Abuse (LvA) is a non-profit organisation that uses an integrated approach to address gender-based violence (GBV) in Diepsloot, an informal settlement on the edge of Johannesburg. Research shows that GBV, which includes sexual violence, domestic violence and child abuse, often has a disproportionate impact on women and children from poorer, marginalised communities, such as Diepsloot. Levels of GBV in Diepsloot are more than double as compared to other parts of the country.

 

Despite progressive and victim-centric legislation, GBV victims rarely see justice due to severe deficiencies in implementation by justice system state actors who fail to provide victims with the protection to which they are entitled under the law. In response, LvA’s multi-disciplinary team provides GBV victims with holistic legal and psychosocial support services, while working to strengthen the justice system’s response to GBV and empower communities around their legal rights. This two-pronged approach that provides victim support, while also addressing broader systemic issues, is critical to ensuring that victims have meaningful access to justice and that the justice system works effectively.

People Associated With This Organization

Lindsay Henson

South Africa  
Lawyers against Abuse (LvA)
Joined June 2021
Interests: Gender-based violence
I am the Executive Director of a non-profit organisation in South Africa that works to strengthen the justice system's response to gender-based violence by providing legal services and therapy to victims, engaging with state actors and empowering communities. I am a lawyer by training and have a JD degree from Harvard Law School.

Rethabile Mosese

South Africa  
Lawyers against Abuse (LvA)
Joined April 2021
Interests: Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
Rethabile Mosese joined LvA in July 2015. She holds a BSocSci majoring in law and psychology and an LLB (2012) from the University of Cape Town. Prior to joining LvA, Rethabile served her articles of clerkship with the University of Pretoria’s Law Clinic. Rethabile is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa in Gauteng. Her particular interests lie in constitutional and human rights law.

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