Torture Prevention

 

Lodging torture-related complaints

Survivors are supported to counter impunity by reporting atrocities perpetrated against them. Paralegal services assists survivors at the police station, especially when the client is afraid to lodge the charge. Information sessions guide the clients with regard to the legal rights. In the case of torture, the torture survivor is helped to lodge complaints with Independent Policing Investigative Directorate.

 

Please download the “Report Torture” form, fill it in and send it back to us via email.  Download here: B1 Report Torture

 

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Support groups

Trauma Support Workers and Life Skills facilitators facilitate support groups over a six-week period. Between 7and 15 people are in the group. The support groups focus on various categories of violence:

  • Gender-based violence
  • Torture
  • Xenophobia
  • Homophobia
  • Social crime
  • Sexual Violence

Each support group has a session plan for each session. Often clients are receiving other services alongside the support group which enables holistic rehabilitation.

 

Torture Prevention Advocacy

The intervention is involved in various advocacy activities which includes oral and writing submissions, shadow reporting, monitoring of policy development and implementation. The following themes are prioritised and implemented through networking and collaborative initiatives:

 

Gender-based violence

The organisation works together with Shukumisa, NSP for GBV campaign and other partners to advocate for policy strengthening, resources and effective implementation.

 

Public Safety

The organisation holds the deputy chairpersonship of the United Public Safety Front which is a coalition of civil society organisations lobbying for improved public safety in South Africa. In the Western Cape, 29 most vulnerable communities are identified as in critical need of better public safety mechanisms. The UPSF is currently organising its inaugural summit bringing 1000 stakeholders together.

 

Torture prevention

Since its inception, the organisation has played a major role at local, regional and global level to eradicate torture. In 2013, the Government of South Africa criminalised torture. Yet not one case has been tried in a court of law. Advocacy activities focus on continued efforts to lobby for holistic care and support to survivors of torture. The organisation is a member of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)

 

Child Protection

In response to the growing list of child murders in the Western Cape, the organisation petitioned the Premier of the Western Cape to establish a Commission of Inquiry into the lack of child safety in the Western Cape. It is a founder member of the Child Protection Collaboration which is coalition of like-minded organisation focusing on child safety and protection.