To honour and bring awareness to the worldwide '16 Days of Activism 2017' campaign, together with our partners below, we are hosting the REEVA RENAISSANCE RUNWAY
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#BluePurpleBlack, a hard-hitting multi-national campaign that runs over the 16 Days of Activism, is evocative of the most intimate symbol of abuse – the Bruise.
The Bruise represents the different types of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, psychological, economic, intimidation, stalking, damage to property, isolation, irrational behaviour and bullying – all "bruises".
#BluePurpleBlack aims to create broadscale awareness around the chronic and devastating issue of abuse, as well as educate society on its different forms. Our mission is to help alleviate the sense of shame and 'aloneness' experienced by victims, encouraging them to seek help - while simultaneously telling those guilty of abuse to recognise and change their own behaviour.
There is a common misconception that abuse is always physical and/or violent. While physical abuse is definitely one form, there are many others; sexual, emotional, verbal, psychological, economic, intimidation, stalking, damage to property, isolation, irrational behaviour and bullying are also forms of abuse.
Over the 16 Days, we will be identifying the different types of abuse, as well as the associated behaviours, such as criticism. You will find this in our gallery.
If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, speak up! If you're hesitating—telling yourself that it's none of your business, you might be wrong, or the person might not want to talk about it—keep in mind that expressing your concern will let the person know that you care and may even save his or her life.
Talk to the person in private and let him or her know that you’re concerned. Point out the things you’ve noticed that make you worried. Tell the person that you're there, whenever he or she feels ready to talk. Reassure the person that you'll keep whatever is said between the two of you, and let him or her know that you’ll help in any way you can. Remember, abusers are very good at controlling and manipulating their victims. People who have been emotionally abused or battered are depressed, drained, scared, ashamed, and confused. They need help to get out, yet they’ve often been isolated from their family and friends. By picking up on the warning signs and offering support, you can help them escape an abusive situation and begin healing.
Crime Stop: 0860010111
Stop Gender Violence Helpline: 0800150150
Or contact one of the campaign partners
The Foundation strives to be Reeva’s voice and continue her work in educating and empowering women and children against Violence and Abuse.
The Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation strives to be Reeva’s voice and continue her work:
June Steenkamp, Reeva's mother, has taken over the baton from Reeva to continue the work Reeva had started.
The REEVA REBECCA STEENKAMP FOUNDATION was registered in November 2015. June is trying to raise awareness of the horrific statistics of violence and abuse against women and children not only in South Africa, but around the world, by using her voice to educate and speak against abuse of women and children, as Reeva had done.
A yearly bursary is granted to a third year law student with interests in Family Law.
Support is offered to victims whom approach the foundation for assistance.
We have partnered with 4 attorneys in our pilot project in Port Elizabeth.
It is an order issued by a court at your request, ordering a person with whom you have or had a domestic relationship, to stop the abuse. It may also prevent the person from getting help from any other person to commit such acts. An interim protection order can also be issued at any time of the day or night for your protection.
Any victim of domestic violence. Children, and if they are too young, a parent or guardian, or any person acting on behalf of someone who is responsible for them, but with their permission. A police official.
It is the commitment of the SAPS to treat victims of domestic violence with sensitivity and care.
Locate the complaint and take reasonable steps to protect the complainant from any further danger. Create an environment that is conducive to communicate. Obtain statements from the complainant and witness(es). If there is reason to believe that an act of violence has been committed, the respondent must be arrested immediately without a warrant. Search the premises and seize (for safekeeping) any firearms and/or dangerous weapons in the possession of the person who has either threatened to kill or injure another person. We will also do this if we are satisfied that the offender’s mental state, inclination towards violence and/or dependence on alcohol or drugs could influence his/her behaviour and pose a threat to anyone.
We will ensure that a medical officer collects and records any medical evidence in support of a criminal charge.
We will go with you to your home when you need to collect personal belongings, if this is provided for in a protection order that has been issued.
Should a police officer fail to carry out this commitment, you can report the matter to the station commissioner at the relevant police station. The complaint will be noted in a complaints register, stating the name of the member concerned, the date on which the complaint is lodged, and the details of the complaint. The station commissioner will take disciplinary steps against the member involved. The Police Service will also refer the complaint to the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) for their recommendations. If you are not satisfied with the way in which a station commissioner is dealing with your complaint, you may personally report the matter to the ICD. We will send monthly reports on your complaint(s) against police members to the SAPS Head Office.
Phone the South African Police Service. Thereafter a statement will be taken from you. Provide the police with the warrant of arrest you received together with the protection order (if you have lost it, apply at the court for another one). If you are in immediate danger the abuser will be arrested, otherwise the abuser will be given a notice to appear in court the next day.
Identify places where you can use a telephone quickly and easily. Always carry a list of emergency numbers with you. Make sure that the people you usually visit, have a copy of the protection order and/or warrant of arrest. Put some money in a safe place so that you can take a taxi or bus in case of an emergency. Have an extra set of keys for the house or car. If possible, have a set of clothes for yourself (and your children) packed in a bag, and keep it in a safe place (for example, at a neighbour's house). If you are planning to leave, leave when your partner is not around, and take your children with you. Make sure that you are in possession of essential documents like IDs, your medical aid card, and your savings/credit card.
As part of the nationwide 16 days of activism against woman and child abuse June initiated a march on the Port Elizabeth beach and joined hands with other parents whose daughters had been killed: Michelle and Derrick Inggs (Parents of Jade Panayiotou) and Freddie Sithole (Father of daughter Tshepiso).
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