Caring for survivors of abuse

2013-09-10 00:00

NO one will be turned away.

This is the unofficial motto of the newly established Glenwood Crisis Centre, which has been founded by local counsellor Heather Rorick.

Although the centre is still in its initiation stage, founder Rorick, a LifeLine counsellor, has lived in Glenwood for 30 years.

“I ran a safe house at Flamingo Court for more than six years. I have a passion for working with the less fortunate. No one will be turned away from the centre,” she said.

The Glenwood counsellor said the centre will be situated at number 171 Bulwer Road.

“I’m in the process of getting volunteers together and am also in the process of registering the centre. The response from the community is great.

“The purpose of this initiative is to give abused children, women and men, and survivors of all forms of abuse a peaceful and stress-free place, and somebody to speak to. We’ll be assisting everybody who is abused and we also need to tell people, especially men, not to feel ashamed to report abuse in their homes,” she said.

“We will work towards encouraging young people to come and help in the centre. We’re looking at working with other organisations, like LifeLine, and the aim is to get other NGOs and role players on board,” said Rorick.

Glenys Jacobs of the Open Door Crisis Centre in Pinetown said child and woman abuse remains a problem, especially in rural areas. She said the number of abused men was also on the increase.

“We have seen men coming forward reporting incidents of abuse at their homes. It takes a lot of courage for men to speak out when abused,” said Jacobs.

She said in one incident, a man found his wife with another man in their home and when he questioned the other man’s presence, the woman shot the husband.

“She even tried to mutilate him with a broken bottle, but luckily the man survived the shooting and mutilation. People should start accepting the fact that abuse knows no gender or colour, and that people need to report abuse whenever it takes place,” said Jacobs.

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