Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a phenomenon that consistently receives research and policy attention in South African society. GBV is driven by multiple, complex socio-economic factors such as drug and alcohol abuse, poverty and unemployment. GBV manifests in multiple forms, amongst other, as physical and often sexual aggression in intimate relationships, termed Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Research evidence indicates that social empowerment and support is an effective mechanism for reducing the risk of alcohol/drug aggression and IPV. The Rural Development Support Programme (RDSP) is an NGO that has been involved in developing social support interventions in Namaqualand communities for the past 10 years.