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Gender-based violence hotline launched

The Department of Social Development will team up with the police ministry and the Department of Health.

The Department of Social Development has launched a call centre that will deal with gender-based violence. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Social Development on Tuesday launched a call centre that will deal with gender-based violence.

The initiative will see the department teaming up with the police ministry and the Department of Health.

The service, which will assist victims of violence, will operate 24 hours a day.

Trial call centres are already operational in Gauteng.

The Department of Social Development says it has already received calls since launching last week.

Spokesperson Bathembu Futshane says all phone calls will be kept confidential.

"Everyone is welcome to call the hotline. Whether you are male or female, the highest level of confidentiality is assured for everyone."