Makeover for VSR

Steenberg police, Working with Fire and Community Police Forum members at the launch of the renovated victim support room at the police station.
Steenberg police, Working with Fire and Community Police Forum members at the launch of the renovated victim support room at the police station.

The victim support room at Steenberg police station underwent a makeover last week to ensure that local victims of crime and abuse can be counselled in a friendly environment.

The renovation took place on Thursday last week, the last day of the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

The Steenberg Community Police Forum (CPF) and Steenberg police, in partnership with volunteer firefighters from Working with Fire, started the project to renovate the room which serves as a protective space for women and children.

Plans to renovate the facility started about a week before the relaunch of the room.

Lucinda Evans, chairperson of the CPF, says the room was dilapidated.

The facilities were not conducive to providing counselling services to members of the community. “It was important for us to give the room a makeover to ensure victims feel safe in the space where they speak openly to the counsellors about their experiences,” she says.

Evans says the executive committee of the CPF decided together to fund the project and to invest in the facility. “We felt that the facility was not up to a good enough standard and to take action before it further deteriorated. We teamed up with police and Working with Fire and the final product is more than what we could have asked for,” she says.

The victim-friendly room will serve the greater community of the Steenberg policing precinct that is need of support, if a resident becomes a victim of crime.

Evans says they also have three newly trained volunteer counsellors who will provide the services residents require.

They do need more volunteers and anyone interested can contact the CPF or police station to find out how they can get involved. “Counselling services will be made available and also referrals to specialised services, including shelters for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse,” Evans says.


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