Protect children from violence
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Helping reduce violence and abuse against children and women is an imperative that UNICEF takes very seriously in South Africa. We work with the Government, police, legal system, medical services and communities to prevent violence and provide support to victims and survivors.
Help us stop violence. UNICEF supports civil society organisations in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Limpopo to tackle sexual violence head-on and improve vulnerable children’s access to social services. Activities range from training men as activists in the fight against child abuse and gender-based violence to promoting access to health services and care for orphaned children.
UNICEF is also helping train medical professionals, social workers, investigators, prosecutors, magistrates and community leaders in all nine provinces to improve service delivery to victims and survivors of violence. So far, more than 4,000 service providers have been trained.
Help us support victims and survivors. Thuthuzela Care Centres provide a 24-hour service for children and women who have been assaulted and raped. This includes removing victims from crowded police stations and placing them in a more victim-friendly room before transporting them in an ambulance to the centre where they receive counselling, a medical examination, HIV testing and antiretroviral treatment. The centres are also linked to sexual offences courts and have proved to reduce the time it takes to finalise rape cases from two years to six months. Thuthuzela, which means ‘comfort’ in Xhosa, is operational in 12 public hospitals.
You Can Make A Difference
Our goal for 2007 is to expand community anti-violence programmes in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Limpopo and to increase the number of Thuthuzela Care Centres to 18.