Masimanyane Women's Shelter

Masimanyane Women's Rights International has a 10-bed shelter in a safe and comfortable home.

The shelter is a confidential space for female victims of domestic violence and her children, and is staffed 24 hours a day to offer security and comprehensive support services to residents.

"Our shelter has a homelike atmosphere that encourages privacy and peace for healing from intimate partner violence," says Chrislynn Moonieyan. "We provide temporary accommodation, as well as tend to basic needs such as food and psycho-social support such as counselling and life skills programmes. We refer for paralegal support and to allied professional services dependent on the need. We have a strong professional team who will provide much needed support to women in distress."

What if I or someone I know needs the Shelter service?

Call or visit the Masimanyane counselling centres or offices at:

  • Fleet Street police station (043 722 5005), Cambridge Police station (043 709 7583), Buffalo Flats Police station ( 043709 5547) or Duncan Village Police station (043 722 0722)

  • The East London Magistrate’s court (043 722 5597) or Mdantsane Magistrate’s court (043 760 0342)

  • King Williams Town Office ( 043 642 1365) named Empilisweni Aids education and training centre

  • A community office is situated at John Dube clinic in Scenery Park (walk in)

  • Masimanyane Women’s Health Centre at Albany street (081 255 7692)

  • The Masimanyane Head Office at 26 St Marks Road, Southernwood (043 743 9169)

To contact the Masimanyane Shelter directly call 076 813 0633.

We strive to ensure that our shelter remains neat, clean and beautiful but this can be expensive and we are always in need, as things break or there is wear and tear.

We are currently gratefully accepting donations which can be sent to our head office at 26 St Marks Road, Southernwood.

Our needs list:

  • bedding for ¾ and single beds

  • towels

  • kitchen appliances and utensils

  • curtains

  • table cloths

  • toiletries

  • food donations

  • reading books

  • toys

  • blankets

  • furniture

  • women’s clothes, children’s clothes and shoes

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