The Hout Bay Victim Support Centre (VSC) has just celebrated its seventh anniversary. Opened in November 2003, this vital community service gives emotional “first aid” and information to people who have been traumatised by crime and violence. It also serves to educate and inform with regard to trauma reactions and the criminal justice system.
It is run by volunteers who live in the area. The volunteers who comprise the Victim Support team are not counsellors, but can refer people who are not coping for counselling, shelter or other professional services.
A valuable service available to everyone in a time of need.
On average, these volunteers support around 30 people a month, giving them a safe place to start the process of moving from victim to survivor. Those who have sought help over the past year have suffered as a result of a wide range of traumatic events – from murder, rape and domestic violence to armed robbery and assault. The volunteers have given them all a shoulder to lean on, allowing them space to vent their fears and anger, informed them of their rights and of the choices available to them, and referred them to professional help where necessary.
Victim Support Location
The service is given in a private Victim Support room at the Police Station, except in extreme situations when they might be asked by a senior SAPS officer to visit the scene of the crime to offer support to victims while SAPS are on site processing statements.
The volunteers run a 24-hour service with three shifts a day and there is a desperate need to increase their numbers.
Who will make a victim support volunteer? Anyone – male or female – who has a caring attitude and is a good listener. All volunteers will undergo a training course to sensitise them to work with victims, and also to learn how to take care of themselves in the process.
Training courses are arranged every so often and notice of course dates will be posted on this website. Want to know more? Call Volunteer Coordinator Wendy Morgenrood on 021-790-3397 or write to her on email@example.com
If you need the services of Victim Support, please phone SAPS on 021 791 9300 and request to be referred to a VSC volunteer.
Membership is for Hout Bay residents only
Site Last Updated: 24 May 2013
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