Shadow Report Reveals that Gauteng DSD’s Funding of Shelters is Inadequate

The Minimum Standards on Shelters for Abused Women recognises that ‘shelters represent an absolutely critical point of crisis intervention’ and places a duty on the Department of Social Development to ensure that shelter interventions are able to meet basic needs and provide support, counselling and skills development to women. In order to deliver quality services however, shelters must have adequate resources.

Shelters housing women who have experienced abuse: policy, funding and practice is the first of a series of shadow reports conducted by the Heinrich Boell Foundation (HBF) and the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC).  This Gauteng based study sets out existing policy and practice in relation to the provision and funding of shelter services and also profiles five shelters in the Gauteng province. The report assesses whether shelters have sufficient resources to meet the legitimate needs of women and children seeking refuge from domestic violence in the home.

To read more about the findings of the shadow report, visit the HBF website or download the report using the following link:

The HBF/TLAC project, titled ‘Enhancing State Response to Gender Based Violence’, seeks to promote more just outcomes for survivors of rape and domestic violence through enhancing the capacity of civil society to hold the state accountable for delivering services to women at the forefront of rights abuses. The project is funded by the European Union.

For more information on the shadow report or the HBF/TLAC project contact HBF project coordinator, Claudia Lopes on 021 4616266 or e-mail to or TLAC acting director, Nicky Vienings, on 011 403 8230 or e-mail to

For more about the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre, refer to

For more about the Heinrich Boell Foundation, refer to

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