Cape Town – The Mitchell’s Plain Care Centre (MPCC) is upgrading its services and facilities in order to better serve the community and victims of gender-based violence.
The MPCC in Tafelsig operates as a one-stop facility to provide numerous services to victims of domestic abuse and violence. The Centre, a joint initiative between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Department of Social Development (DSD), has been made possible through funding by the Austrian Development Agency and has been operational since 2008.
The purpose of the Centre is to provide counselling and support, particularly for women and children exposed to domestic violence, to raise awareness on issues of gender-based violence in the community through workshops and educational programmes and to provide sensitivity training to service providers such as the South African Police Service (SAPS) and health workers as well as the community on how to work with and support those who are victims of violence and abuse.
The Centre is staffed by two registered social workers, Ursula Jeptha (who is also the Centre Manager) and Kristy-Ann Govender (recently appointed to broaden the Centre’s services) as well as Theo Kholi who is responsible for administration at the Centre. The Centre and social workers provide support, counselling and therapy sessions, and will assist anyone in need of such support. Over and above providing support and counselling, the Centre is also organising support groups for women and children in order to empower victims of domestic violence.
Although the Centre does not operate as a shelter, it will in future be providing crisis accommodation for up to 72 hours for victims of gender-based violence. Furthermore, with a soon to be completed forensics room, the Centre will be able to provide certain forensic and first aid medical services to the victims at the Centre.
Domestic Violence does not only include physical or sexual abuse, but also economic control and psychological assault (including threats of violence and physical harm, attacks against property or pets and other acts of intimidation, emotional abuse, isolation, and use of the children as a means of control). Men, women and children of all ages may be victims of domestic violence and the perpetrator could be anyone from a spouse to a parent, child, sibling or caregiver.
If you or a loved one is a victim of domestic violence, do not hesitate to contact the Mitchell’s Plain Care Centre on 021-397-3291. The Centre is located on the corner of Pyrenees & Kilimanjaro Roads in Tafelsig and is open from Monday to Friday between 08h00 – 16h00.
Issued for the Mitchell’s Plain Care Centre by Ursula Jeptha.
Ursula Jeptha – Centre Manager: Mitchell’s Plain Care Centre
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