Help to shake off suffering in silence

2015-11-03 06:00
At the seminar were Sergeant Mavume of the police, Carol Mentor, chairperson of the Local Network of Care, ward councillor Eddie Andrews, Dawn Fish, Mosaic coordinator, Nadia Adams and Renee Johns.

At the seminar were Sergeant Mavume of the police, Carol Mentor, chairperson of the Local Network of Care, ward councillor Eddie Andrews, Dawn Fish, Mosaic coordinator, Nadia Adams and Renee Johns.

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There is help for people struggling with domestic violence.

This was the message delivered to a group of about 100 men and women at a recent seminar arranged to empower those affected by domestic violence.

The event was hosted by ward councillor Eddie Andrews at the Church of the Nazarene in Portlands two weeks ago.

“The event was prompted when I received a call from a concern friend of the late Candice Bowers, who was killed by her estranged husband. She asked me for assistance to ensure we host an event that empowers abused woman to successfully exit an abusive relationship,” he says.

The event was funded through the ward allocation budget with additional funds from Jacky Andrews and Nadia Adams.

The three-hour session was a huge success, says Eddie Andrews.

“The event was put together within a couple of weeks and was attended by just under 100 women and men. The primary objective was for abused women to hear from the panel discussion, comprising of abused women who managed to successfully exit an abusive relationship, what mindset is required to successfully exit an abusive relationship,” he says.

The participants were also informed of the services offered by Mosaic, police, the City of Cape Town and the Mitchell’s Plain Local Network of Care.

Other NGOs present at the workshop were Childline and Nursing Works.

“The topics chosen were pertinent to ensure woman would be sufficiently capacitated to increase their ability to successfully exit an abusive relationship and therefore reduce the fatalities within an abusive relationship,” he says.

“The workshop concluded by reiterating there is help for women to access and they should not suffer in silence.”

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