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Preamble

It is a well-known fact that the South African government is committed to ensuring a better life for all, free from violence, especially against women and children. This commitment is also informed by the obligations South Africa has in terms of international instruments for human rights such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Beijing Platform for Action, Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women and the United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, to name a few. One of the most vulnerable groups are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

The South African government introduced a number of policies and programmes. Chief among these was the Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP) under the umbrella of the National Crime Prevention Strategy and the Domestic Violence Act of 1998.

It is in light of this that Rebafenyi Victim Empowerment Centre will focus on the prevention of victimisation, providing protection and support, and empowerment of victims with a special focus on the most vulnerable groups such as children and women.

Background

Rebafenyi Victim Empowerment Centre was established in 2011, as a result of the meeting of minds of highly qualified and experienced professionals and entrepreneurs led by a former member of the South African Police Services. These are professionals in their own right and with a wide range of skills and a strong focus on safety and security, health, psychology, finance and gender issues, skills development and a whole range of other management and business management solutions.

Our Vision

To become a haven that provides physical, emotional and social safety and security for women and children from communities who have been victims of violence, abuse and crime. Our ultimate ‘super-goal’ is to eradicate victimisation of women and children within impoverished communities of Gauteng.

Mission Statement

To provide a wide range of services and interventions, that enable women and children from violent backgrounds and domestic violence not only to find themselves but to redefine their lives in a safe and coherent manner; leading to their independent existence.

Core Values

Rebafenyi Victim Empowerment Centre values are premised on absolute respect for human dignity and rights, and they are:

  • Confidentiality and respect for privacy We undertake to treat every client’s matter with the strictest confidentiality, and to ensure privacy at all times
  • Safety and security
  • Advocacy and development
  • Superior Service Delivery governed by Equity and Equality We will at all times provide a quality service to all of our clients, regardless of age, sex, race, colour, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability or ability to pay for services.
  • Counseling competence and empathy We will without condition and prejudices demonstrate the utmost sensitivity and caring to the people whom we empower.

Accountability

Firstly, we hold ourselves accountable to deliver the promise made to those whom we endeavor to empower; secondly we commit to be accountable to the communities whom we indirectly serve; and lastly we accept and commit to be accountable to those individuals, institutions and organisations that fund us.

Professional excellence

We will at all times strive to be professional and outcomes driven in our operational and strategic activities. We furthermore understand that excellence is defined by what we achieve and not by what we want to achieve.

Our Objectives

To provide services that will improve the quality of lives of abused and battered women and children by providing, to empower victimised women and children through general support, advice, skills and positive attitude with the ultimate aim of empowering such victims to adequately deal with their trauma and move into life with adequate options and abilities, through the provision of

  1. Temporary shelter and food for women and children from violent situations
  2. Psychological, emotional and trauma counseling services
  3. Post exposure prophylactic services for rape victims
  4. First aid and physical care for bruised and beaten up women and children
  5. Legal and financial advisory and referral services

Our Clientele

Our services will be offered to the following client base: Women of all ages including women with disabilities who are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse Children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse

Key Partnerships

Our partnerships are drawn from other Non-governmental organisations and Development organisations, public and private sectors as well as the donor community. Some of the main government departments will include the Departments of Police (SAPS), Social De- velopment, Local Government, Health, Justice, Ministry for Women Children and People with disabilities in the Office of the President and Correctional Services, as well as the Attredgiville Police Station.