Every year during November and December a national programme on highlighting the abuse of women and children takes place. LifeLine Vaal Triangle took the initiative and decided to have their own activity, instead of joining with other NPOs.

A large sheet (3m x 2.5m) was prepared to be used during this event. Each LifeLine Centre, there are four in the Vaal Triangle, participated. Every day a venue was selected where an awareness activity took place. Arrangements had previously been made by approaching the Malls and shops and requesting space to hold the activity. Venues included Pick and Pay at Bedworthpark, Orange Farms Spar and Boxer at Tshepiso. The Malls and shopping centres targeted were Mandela Square, Thabong Mall, Palm Springs Mall and Evaton Mall.

At the venues, tables were set up, banners were displayed and pamphlets were handed out by the volunteers and staff of the Centres. Interested members of the public asked questions and were in turn asked to pledge their support by dipping their hands in fabric paint, of various colours, and putting their handprint on to the white sheet. The sheet was taken to each venue and was eventually filled completely with handprints!

LifeLine deals with domestic violence and sexual assault on a daily basis. The Shelter for abused women is mostly fully occupied with women from all races and all ages, together with their children, who are the real victims in this terrible situation. These victims are abused by people who supposedly love them!

The Thuthuzela Care Centres, in Vereeniging and Sasolburg, see approximately 80 – 90 victims per month. These victims range from age 18 months to 86 years old!! Victims are male and female and from all races. Most perpetrators are known to the victims and the assaults happen at all hours and various places, especially at or on the way to/from taverns.

The sheet is now a constant reminder of all who pledged their support to the campaign to stop the abuse against women and children and hangs in the passage of the Duncanville Centre.