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Violent crimes against women spike

The Saartjie Baartman Centre says over 600 abused women and children seek refuge at the centre each month.

FILE: The Saartjie Baartman Centre has expressed concern over the high levels of violence against women. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Over 600 abused women and children seek refuge at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children every month.

The organisation says it's deeply concerned by the high levels of violence against women by their abusive partners.

This comes as the country marks Women's Month and celebrates Women's Day tomorrow.

The centre says it is forced to turn away nearly a dozen women every day.

It says it has tried to address the shelter's capacity by increasing it from 70 to 100 over the past year.

The centre's director Shamiema McLeod says,"Over the years, we have seen a marked increase in the need for critical services for women and children and that's been on an average of 65 percent per annum."

The shelter is a safe haven for women who leave their abusive husbands.

This week, the centre held an open day for community members to access information around trauma counselling and legal advice.