Crisis centre offers hope

2018-08-14 06:01
Staff members of the Careline Crisis and Trauma Centre.PHOTO: supplied

Staff members of the Careline Crisis and Trauma Centre.PHOTO: supplied

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

CARELINE Crisis and Trauma Centre in Assagay first opened in 1995 as a help desk to provide counselling, help, and direction for people affected by crises and trauma.

Careline Crisis and Trauma Centre spokesperson Hasseena Chirkut said the centre was established 23 years ago by Joey du Plessis when she saw the need for a centre in the community.

“[Joey] was a Sunday school teacher and she saw the need that was out there,” Chirkut said.

Chirkut said the primary aim and objective of the centre is to provide vital guidance and support that is necessary in cases of crisis and trauma.

“The crisis centre is a service to the community. This involves being available at the point of need, and providing initial and primary support before referring people to the best ongoing community or government support services available,” Chirkut said.

She said that they deal with traumas that follow incidences of rape, suicide, murder, robbery, house break-ins, death, domestic violence and car accidents.

“Working with the police, we attend to everything that a person is affected with [during their time of need] because the person is usually traumatised after what has happened to them,” she said.

She added that they also cater for substance abuse, chemical dependency and abandoned children.

“Intervention is needed in order for the person to beat whatever they are going thorough and that’s why we offer emotional support and trauma debriefing,” she said.

Chirkut said that they attend to calls from the police, security companies and community members.

“The public can contact us if they feel there is a need for us to intervene in what is happening and we are more than happy to help them,” she said.

In conclusion, she said that those who might want more information about the centre can contact them at 031 765 1314.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.