Shelters housing women who have experienced abuse: Policy, funding and practice

  • Policy/Research brief

Shelters housing women who have experienced abuse: Policy, funding and practice – Resources

Organisation/Publisher

Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBS) Southern Africa

Author(s)

Claudia Lopes

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Shelters housing women who have experienced abuse: Policy, funding and practice

Publication date

31 Oct 2013

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Claudia Lopes

Uploaded on

23 Apr 2018

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Description

Between 2011 and 2012, two shadow reports were compiled by the HBF/TLAC project, titled ‘Enhancing State Response to Gender Based Violence’.  These reports, which were funded by the EU, focused on shelter policy, funding and practice. The first report profiled five shelters in Gauteng and the second, three shelters in the Western Cape. Together, the two reports aimed to analyse trends in:

  •  the implementation of government policy;
  •  the extent of funding available to shelters from the DSD and an assessment of whether this was adequate in relation to the operational expenditure of shelters; and the needs of shelter residents and whether the services provided by shelters were able to meet these needs.

The reports were developed with the intention to support the lobbying and advocacy of the gender based violence sector for greater resource allocation for shelters that provide services to abused women and their children. This policy brief describes the methodology used and presents the findings of the two reports. In recognising that some of the shelters have received increases in funding from the DSD since the research was conducted, this brief revisits one of the participating shelters. It describes the funding that the shelter currently receives while analysing the extent that the increase meets the expenditure of the shelter. This is done by costing the needs of a family currently residing at the shelter. The brief concludes with recommendations for the improvement of sheltering services for abused women and their children.