Thank you for visiting the L’Abrie de Dieu Safe House Stellenbosch site. Our name, L’Abrie de Dieu, means
Our shelter supports physically, emotionally and sexually abused women and children by facilitating a restorative program in order to give a hope and future. Safe House Stellenbosch is a place of refuge for abused women and children. We strive to provide protection, comfort, support and healing in a homely Christian environment, restoring body, soul and spirit.
We are officially registered: NPO: 050-482
The organisation was established in 2006 as a response to the high levels of violence against women and children as was experienced specifically in the Stellenbosch court. A need for a safe house and shelter was recognised and this organisation strives to provide such a place. Violence against women and children has become endemic in South African society. L’Abrie de Dieu Safe House Stellenbosch attempts to counteract this scourge that seems to pervade our society and robs people of their dignity. We feel that it is the primary responsibility and duty of a civilised society to protect their vulnerable citizens against abuse.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A PROBLEM OF GLOBAL PROPORTIONS
It is estimated that violence in the home is the primary cause of injury, disability and death for women aged 16–44, more lethal than cancer, war, malaria or road accidents. Battering accounts for 20% of all medical visits by women and 33% of all emergency room visits by women each year.
“…MORE LETHAL THAN CANCER, WAR, MALARIA OR ROAD ACCIDENTS…”
There is an extremely high incidence of domestic violence and violence against women in South Africa. Often the abuse is so violent that the victims need to escape it. Their children are also at risk and the family unit is at risk. It has been observed that South African women are often trapped in violent relationships due to the fact that they have nowhere else to go – they are financially dependent on their abusive partners for accommodation and other resources.
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