Event to support crime victims

2017-09-19 06:00

In an effort to deal with crime in Ocean View, Soteria Ministries and the provincial department of correctional services, specifically community corrections, have partnered to present a victim support event.

The event, taking place on Tuesday 26 September, will look to deal with “the increasing number of victims of crime and their healing, as well as assisting parolees in reintegrating with society,” says Soteria Ministries’ Johann Kikillus.

“Considering the high number of murders, rapes and contact crimes that Ocean View experiences every year, I believe that this programme is vital for the healing process.”

Recent shootings left a nine-year-old boy dead (“Boy (9) killed in one of sporadic shootings”, People’s Post, 12 September). The shooting in Nubula Way also injured a 33-year-old woman who was shot in the chest, a 26-year-old man was shot in the arm and a 23-year-old man was shot in the arm.

The event follows Victims’ Rights Week (14 to 19 September). Correctional services representatives will be telling the community more about what they do, Kikillus says. This will include the department’s victim offender dialogue programme, which was started to improve outreach to victims and communities, to profile and interact with victims, to give offenders a second chance, and to form a broad partnership around fighting crime and crime prevention.

The dialogue programme includes a restorative conflict resolution process that actively involves victims and provides an opportunity for a victim and offender to discuss the offence, get answers, express feelings and gain a greater sense of closure. It also provides an opportunity for community participation in the fight against crime through engagement with offenders.

V The event will take place at the Ocean View Civic Centre on Tuesday 26 September at 10:00.

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