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What does this mean? Is it an expression?

Here is the context:

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  • What is the context, show the whole pic – KyloRen Jan 29 '17 at 12:16
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In this context, 「がばっ」 is an onomatopoeia describing the "look and sound" of a person grabbing and hugging another.

In other contexts and situations, 「がばっ」 is quite often used to describe sudden, quick, energetic, etc. kinds of movements.

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