Launch of Project: Programme of Assistance to the Victim Empowerment Programme of the Department of Social Development in the South African Government
Support for victims of crime and violence, in particular women and children is to receive a boost on the 5th of March 2008 when the Department of Social Development (DSD), the European Commission and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime launch a partnership for victim empowerment at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria.
The European Commission has provided donor funds for the DSD’s Victim Empowerment Programme, with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as the implementing partner.
Officiating at the occasion will be the Deputy Director General for Integrated Development in the Department of Social Development, Ms Vuyelwa Nhlapo, Mr. Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Ambassador Lodewijk A.E. Briët who is the Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of South Africa.
The VEP aims to make the criminal justice process more victim-friendly and minimise the negative effects of crime on victims. Specific emphasis is placed on the prevention of victimization, providing support, protection and empowerment for victims of crime and violence, with a special focus on vulnerable groups.
The main role players are the DSD as the lead and co-ordinating agency, SAPS, Justice and Constitutional Development, Correctional Services, Health and Education departments. Non-governmental Organisations, Community Based Organisations and other structures at local government level.
Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria
Date: 5 March 2008
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ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME AND THE EUROPEAN UNION