Support group to combat abuse

2016-02-11 06:00
 Photo: darshan rangai Members of the TCL Women's Association’s Stand up Speak out support group councillor Michael Abraham, Devi Naidoo, Viggie Padayachee and Sav Naidoo.

Photo: darshan rangai Members of the TCL Women's Association’s Stand up Speak out support group councillor Michael Abraham, Devi Naidoo, Viggie Padayachee and Sav Naidoo.

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A SUPPORT group to help people fight and overcome abusive relationships or incidents has been formed at the Tongaat Central Library (TCL) and will also link people with police and government departments.

The Stand up Speak out support group is a sub-group of the TCL Women’s Association and is aimed at giving people a platform to speak and reach out for help in a friendly environment.

The group is headed by businesswoman Devi Naidoo who was once in an abusive relationship.

Naidoo encouraged women, men and children to feel free to visit the library and meet with her, one of the other co-ordinators or an expert if needed.

“We want people to feel comfortable and safe to come and speak to us so we can help stop the cycle of abuse,” said Naidoo.

“Whether provoked or not, nobody is entitled to abuse another in any way whether it’s physical or emotional.”

Being a victim of domestic violence, Naidoo said she hopes to use her experiences to motivate and help others through the group.

“I didn’t speak out and stand up for a long time. I want to make a difference in the community so others don’t go through the same,” said Naidoo.

Naidoo has been assisting with various help desks and at courts while motivating people to believe in them and fight abuse.

“Our intention is not to create tensions in households but to try and help the families and find a resolution,” said Naidoo.

Councillor Michael Abraham who is the chair of the war room in Tongaat said they plan to link people with government departments like social welfare and police so they can heal and overcome the abuse.

“We have many elderly people who are also being abused and we want them to come to us so we can find ways to help them,” said Abraham.

“Some people don’t know they are being abused and we want them to learn more about what is abuse.”

Viggie Padayachee who also runs several programmes aimed at stopping all forms of abuse is also a coordinator of the programme.

Clinical psychology student Sav Naidoo has also offered her assistance to help people who have been abused.

“I will be there to counsel them with the knowledge I have and if for some reason I can’t assist them, we will refer them towards someone who can,” said Sav Naidoo.

The support group will take place every Tuesday from 10am-12pm.

For more information call 0329444734 or 0815163822.

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