Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme

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In 1997, the Thohoyandou Community Policing Forum together with the SAPS initiated the establishment of a Victim Empowerment Committee (VEC) in accordance with the provisions of the National Crime Prevention Strategy. With seed funding from the Department of Health, the South African Police and local business, the first 24/7 One Stop Trauma Centre was opened at our regional hospital in September 2001, and ‘break the silence’ campaigns were initiated. The committee was registered as the Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Trust in January 2002, with provision for a range of stakeholders to be co-opted as Trustees.

The Programme is now managed by a team of 30+ staff and 40+ local volunteers, of which all but one are historically disadvantaged South Africans. Voluntary Service Overseas and US Peace Corps have each provided TVEP with resource volunteers, who assist in the building of in-house capacity.

- To create a supportive environment for the victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and the HIV / AIDS pandemic;
- To inform, educate and capacitate the community about their rights and responsibilities pertaining to sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and HIV / AIDS;
- To capacitate and rehabilitate victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and HIV / AIDS;
- To ensure that justice is served.

To generate an attitude of zero tolerance towards all forms of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and AIDS stigmatization in the Thulamela Municipality.

TVEP covers the Thulamela Municipality of Vhembe District in the north of Limpopo Province, South Africa, 200km from Polokwane, the provincial capital. With a population of 602,825 (2007 community survey), Thulamela accommodates one regional and two district hospitals, 48 clinics, three health centres, seven police stations and satellites, and 500+ creches, schools and tertiary education facilities, with an estimated 220,000 children and learners.

Operates in: Thulamela, Limpopo
Established in: January 2002

Non-Profit Organisation Number: 030-383
Public Benefit Organisation Number:
Section 21 Company Number:
Trust Number: IT 487/02

Contact person: Fiona Nicholson
Phone: 015 963 1222
Fax: 086 575 5384
Physical address: House No. 2, Old Embassy Ground, Sibasa
Postal address: P O Box 754, Sibasa, 0970

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