FHR/Street Law Workshops: strengthening medico-legal responses for GBV survivors

As part of the SEJA programme, the FHR has been supporting civil society organisations (CSOs) and social movements that are working towards the prevention and elimination of GBV in South Africa. In pursuit of this goal, the Street Law unit of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the FHR joined forces to organize workshops on gender-based violence across the country. The workshops 2018 aimed to build inter-sectoral capacity, bridging medical forensics and the legal aspects of gender-based violence.  

Legal-and-forensics workshops were conducted in all nine provinces, including follow-up workshops in Gauteng and North-West. The workshops were facilitated by a team of experts in the respective fields and supported by the FHR staff. The training was conducted with a total of 456 individuals from more than 90 organizations and institutions, including forensic nurses, representatives of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the South African Police Service (SAPS), and a variety of civil society organizations.



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