Gender violence in the Spotlight

Abuse survivor Mpho thanks 702 for helping her

Mpho, a Johannesburg woman called into Xolani's show earlier this month to relay how a judge at Roodepoort Magistrate's Court dismissed her fear of returning home to her abusive partner, saying "he is not a psychiatrist, he can't solve my problem".

She obtained a restraining order after her partner hit her in December, and explained to Xolani how the same judge told her it was a civil matter.

LISTEN: Emotional caller says unsympathetic judge ignored abuse fears

The Department of Justice and the Commission for Gender Equality has since assisted her.

Mpho says she is in the process of finding alternative accommodation and she will hear the outcome of her case on 14 June.

I am going back to court on the 14th of June and I have got a lot of help form the department of justice, they have assisted me with a lawyer, Mr Chosane, the head of the Roodepoort court has been assisting to find out how I am doing... I want to say thank you to everybody and the listeners of 702.

Mpho, caller

*To all women who need help in breaking the cycle of abuse call this number if in distress:0800 428 428 or SMS 1207867(FREE)**

Click on the link to listen to her update....

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