We are appointed stakeholder partners to the Department of Social Development (DSD) under their Victim Empowerment Programme. The DSD fund our Social Workers with the objective of real victim empowerment to build family and personal resilience.
How the VEP programme works
- Social Workers, Auxiliary Social Workers
Assess and map the therapeutic intervention determined by the specific crisis containment needs of our clients and their families. Beyond therapy, this could mean practical and legislative advice, accessing grants, preparation for court, referrals for sectioning and removals of at risk individuals, admission to rehab facilities, access to feeding schemes etc.
- Trained Trauma and Victim Support Counsellors
To address the post traumatic therapeutic needs of the clients and their families. This enables them to work towards real empowerment through therapy and to implement strategies to break the cycle of victimhood and violence. Our Counselling is also for secondary trauma victims as a result of witnessing violence and crime or being impacted by it in any way.
- Psycho-Social Educators and Trainers
To prevent the crisis that causes the need for therapeutic intervention through educating around life skills and interpersonal communication. We encourage all our clients to attend these training sessions as part of their therapy.
- Community Workers
To be the eyes on the ground to identify the problems before they become critical and to refer clients in immediate need.
We also work with our foreign nationals who are often unaware of their rights in our country and as such are often further victimised.
Each month we provide therapeutic intervention to on average 25 new cases (individuals and their families) in each area, at no cost to the clients.
We run monthly group sessions in each area as well with the focus on being a “Person of Honour” and “Anger Management and Conflict Resolution” at no cost to the client.