Domestic violence: Port Shepstone hospital hears how to win the fight

2011-11-30 00:00

PORT Shepstone Hospital, a haven for victims of domestic violence on the South Coast, recently commemorated the 16 Days of No Violence against Women and Children campaign with a heartfelt talk from an expert on the topic.

Eleanor Manning of the domestic violence unit of the Port Shepstone police said she was especially pleased that the hospital had arranged the local campaign because many victims of domestic violence the unit deals with were referred by the hospital.

Letter Nyawade of the Port Shepstone Domestic Violence Group spoke of her own struggle and path to success.

She motivated and encouraged the staff by describing various ways to approach and overcome obstacles.

Dr Visalakshi Ragunathan, a medical officer at the hospital, opened the campaign with an inspired speech in which she gave the latest information and statistics on issues of domestic violence.

The campaign was well attended by the hospital staff and the SA Police Service represented by Sergeant Ruwaida Khan and the Port Shepstone Domestic Violence Group.

Following the speakers, the staff split into smaller groups and dispersed to various wards and departments in the hospital to distribute information material on domestic violence.

Said Phumza Morai, the hospital’s public relations officer, “Our aim is for everyone to see the negative impact of family violence on people’s lives and assist in bringing this issue further into the open, especially in rural areas where it is often not acknowledged,”

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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