Open day at Victim Friendly Facility

2019-09-17 06:00

Diep River police station’s Victim Friendly Facility (VFF) is hosting a National Victim Friendly Week until Friday 20 September. The campaign kicked off on Monday 16 September.

As part of the week, VFF will host an open day at the station on Thursday 19 September from 14:00 to 18:00 to promote the services offered.

Members of the public are invited to meet and engage with VFF coordinator, Const Christine Naidoo; VFF trauma support workers as well as the Diep River community police forum (CPF).

The police station has also appealed to the community for additional trauma support workers at the facility.

Const Zak Marais, the spokesperson of Diep River police station, says the police are the initial point of entry to the criminal justice system in the majority of cases, and is responsible for ensuring that victims of crime, especially sexual offences and other serious and violent crimes, are provided with a victim-friendly service. “VFF aims to protect the dignity and rights of victims and to ensure that they are not subjected to secondary victimisation by the inefficiency of the members of the criminal justice system,” Marais says.

The voluntary service is offered to all Diep River residents who are, or have been victims of crime and violence. The four basic elements of victim empowerment are emotional support, practical support, providing information and referral to professional support services.

To become a volunteer trauma support worker you must reside in the immediate policing area (Diep River, Plumstead, Meadowridge, Constantia, Southfield and Golf-Links Estate).

You are not allowed to have a criminal record and must be willing to undergo a screening process. Basic trauma support training will be provided by the police at no cost and you must complete a minimum of four hours a month. Once successful, the trauma support worker will be placed on a duty roster on a month-to-month basis, providing the basic trauma support counselling to victims of crime.

Remember that it is a voluntary service and you will receive no compensation or payment.

V For inquiries on the open day or to assist as a volunteer trauma support worker, call Const Christine Naidoo on 082 522 3303.

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