Turning Point assists rural shelters

2017-05-17 06:01

TURNING Point Amanzimtoti has been counseling and assisting
victims of domestic violence in
our community for the past eight years.
The non-profit, originally known as Amanzimtoti Trauma Centre
also provides counseling and
debriefing to families who have experienced trauma.

Turning Point and other trauma centres like them will now extend their services to support rural trauma centres.

This follows a decision by the Department of Social Development to ask for their assistance.

“We now have four new ‘babies’ to take care of, one house of safety in Folweni, another in Umbumbulu and two in Umlazi,” Turning Point centre manager, Loraine Odendaal said.

According to Odendaal these are “White Door” houses of safety.

“The Department of Social Development introduced the White Door Houses of Hope initiative in response to increased reports of crimes against women and young girls and to improve service delivery to victims of violence.

“The White Door initiative was started two years ago and consists of shelters in rural areas for victims of domestic abuse.

The communities know that these shelters are open 24/7, seven days a week and victims can ask for assistance.

They are allowed to stay for the night and are then referred to SAPS, courts, shelters, et
cetera, the following day,” she explained.

Odendaal said Turning Point
will assist the White Door houses with managing their funds,
such as paying staff salaries and transport costs for victims,
oversee that they do their work
and ensure they give proper support to victims, as well as providing counseling and assistance for victims.

Turning Point Amanzimtoti can be contacted on 031 903 7777.

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