VICTIM FRIENDLY FACILITY

OFFICE OF THE STATION COMMANDER: DIEP RIVER SAPS

11th September 2019

VICTIM FRIENDLY FACILITY

DIEP RIVER– Diep River SAPS Victim Friendly Facility are appealing to the community for additional trauma support workers.

What is a Victim-Friendly Facility (VFF)

The South African Police Service is the initial point of entry to the criminal justice system in the majority of cases, and is therefore responsible for ensuring that the victims of crime, especially sexual offences and other serious and violent crimes, are provided with a victim-friendly service.

It is a service where the dignity and rights of victims are protected, and the victim is empowered and not subjected to secondary victimization by the inefficiency of the members of the criminal justice system.

This is a voluntary service offered by Diep River SAPS to all residents who are, or have been victims of crime and violence, to cope and deal with their traumatic experiences and circumstances.

The four basic elements of victim empowerment are:

·         emotional support

·         practical support

·         providing information

·         referral to professional support services

What are the requirements to becoming a volunteer Trauma Support Worker?

·         Must reside in the immediate policing area (Diep River, Plumstead, Meadowridge, Constantia, Southfield and Golf-Links Estate)

·         Voluntary service (no compensation or payment)

·         Must have NO criminal record and be willing to undergo a screening process.

·         Undergo a basic Trauma support training provided by SAPS at no cost.

·         Must complete a minimal of 4 hours per month.

Once successful, the trauma support worker will be placed on a duty roster on a month-to-month basis, providing the basic trauma support counselling to victims of crime.

Anyone that is able and willing to assist to please contact Constable Christine Naidoo, Victim Friendly Facility Co-ordinator for Diep River SAPS on 082 522 3303 or alternatively via email on diepriversaps@saps.gov.za.

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Enquiries: 

Constable Zak Marais 079 894 0105