Support room opens

2016-12-06 06:01
Richard Saner of the Westlake United Church Trust, Anthea Thebus of the Kirstenhof CPF, Lieutenant-Colonel June Cilliers, commander of Kirstenhof Police Station, Sandy Graham and Veronica Weier of the victim empowerment programme, and Nkululeko Badini of the Kirstenhof CPF at the opening of a victim support room in Westlake.

Richard Saner of the Westlake United Church Trust, Anthea Thebus of the Kirstenhof CPF, Lieutenant-Colonel June Cilliers, commander of Kirstenhof Police Station, Sandy Graham and Veronica Weier of the victim empowerment programme, and Nkululeko Badini of the Kirstenhof CPF at the opening of a victim support room in Westlake.

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Kirstenhof police opened a satellite victim support room in Westlake to improve their services to the community.

The support room at the Westlake United Church Trust, well-known as the commando hall, was opened yesterday as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

The police have been conducting awareness campaigns on domestic violence and sexual assaults. They believe having a support centre close by will go a long way to help community members.

Lieutenant-Colonel June Cilliers, commander of Kirstenhof Police Station, says this has been a long time coming. “For the past nine years we have been planning how to take the services to the people. We have been trying different venues and we wanted to see which one would work better and the commando centre is the best for this place. The church already offers services to the people so we are just adding to what they do so that we can help a lot of people.”

Cilliers says the support room was opened due to an increase in domestic-related cases and sexual assaults in Westlake.

“We want people to report cases so that we can help them. We are also calling on residents to make use of the support room as they will be helped quicker and it reduces their waiting time,” says Cilliers.

She adds this facility will be available to the community as the struggle for transport to the police station is always a concern.

“Some incidents happen at night and some people just don’t report it because they don’t have transport money. The support room is now available for you and it has trained counsellors from the community. We want to have a clear picture of what is happening in the area and that can only happen if people report incidents. We don’t want unreported cases. The support room will allow the community to talk openly and free so that they can be assisted.”

The victim support room will be open every day from 09:00 to 18:00. The counselling service is available 24/7. If the support room is closed anyone who wants help can use the facility at the Kirstenhof Police Station.V To get help call 021 712 6699.

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