Victim Support Centre Middelburg has compiled an empowerment programme aimed at combatting crime and violence. This programme consists of several services, and a description of each of these services can be found below.
We provide safe accommodation to women and their children (men and boys will be referred to Leseding Shelter and Tirisano Shelter). Most cases involve women that wish to escape from abusive situations, or those seeking safety after experiencing a violent crime. Accommodated victims are provided with material assistance that includes food, toiletries, clothing and transportation.
Individual Development Plan (IDP):
A tool the social workers use to assist victims in dealing with personal and relational problems while they are at the shelter. Creating and maintaining an IDP is a critical step in helping a sheltered victim to handle his / her problems in a way that will result in a positive outcome.
An agreement between a sheltered victim and a social worker. This states any actions the shelter needs to take when it comes to day-to-day care of the victim. It can take the form of a written document, or it can be recorded in the victim's file.
Services aimed at making sure that sheltered victims that have undergone the empowerment programme are reunited with their families, and integrated back into the community.
Counselling that is offered by social workers. This is done to help victims work through harmful ways of thinking. These harmful ways of thinking will no longer interfere with their health, personal and interpersonal life. It also provides support and guidance to victims that are experiencing emotional problems and difficulties which have a negative impact on their lives.
Teaches skills to victims which will enable them to make their own income. The aim is to encourage self-reliance. This is important, as it gives victims the freedom to choose not to remain in abusive or violent situations which they may be experiencing in their homes. It also provides a comeback for victims that have been disadvantaged by a criminal offence.
Skills projects that we offer include gardening, leather crafting, beadwork, baking and dress making.
Victims with the same problems and experiences are given the chance to come together as a group. This allows them to discuss their challenges and to come up with solutions in a group setting.
Involves us going out into the community to provide help to those affected by crime and violence. This assistance is offered in and around Middelburg (Mpumalanga).
Community Outreach and Awareness:
Outreach campaigns are held in order to educate the communities about crime and violence, as well as informing victims about the resources that are available to them.
Awareness campaigns are held as a way of preventing more crime and violence from happening, and offers information on the different kinds of problems that are experienced in the communities.
We hold these campaigns in communities around Middelburg (Mpumalanga), often in places that are disadvantaged, where the people are not able to easily obtain knowledge and services related to crime and violence.