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​​​Social Crime Prevention and VEP - Crime Prevention and Support Program

Purpose

As a program, our aim is to provide comprehensive social work services to persons in conflict with the law and to promote social crime prevention and development of restorative justice.
Victim Empowerment Program

What is Victim Empowerment?

Victim empowerment is an approach to facilitating access to a range of services for people who have suffered harm, trauma, and material loss through violence, crime, natural disaster, human accident or through socio-economic conditions.

It is the process of promoting the resourcefulness of victims of crime & violence by providing to access services available to them, as well as to use & build their own capacity & support networks and to act on their own choices. Hence, empowerment may be defined as having (or taking) control, having a say, being listened to, being recognized & respected as an individual & having the choices one makes respected by others (moving from victim to survivor).

Victim empowerment aims to restore the loss or damage caused by criminal acts & their consequences through a variety of actions intended to empower the victim to deal with the consequences of the event, to leave it behind &suffer no further loss or damage. It is premised upon the belief that individuals, families, & communities have the right to privacy, safety and human dignity, and that victims should play a more central role in the criminal justice process.

Victim support is the empathic, person-centred assistance rendered by an organization or individual following an incident of victimisation. Through victim support aimed at victim empowerment, the victim is restored to a state as close as possible to that existing​ prior to the offence and ideally to a state where the person has been able to learn & grow.

Victims do not all have the same degrees of need for empowerment and support - there is a diversity of needs. In order to enable the disempowered victim to recover from the exposure to crime &violence, such needs must be met through a well-managed, integrated, multidisciplinary team approach. It is generally accepted that the empowerment of victims in a holistic manner reduces secondary victimisation, encourages co-operation with the criminal justice process, reinforces socially desired behaviour, and acts as a deterrent to offenders or potential offenders. Victim empowerment thus has the potential to prevent and reduce crime & violence & to enhance the effectiveness of the criminal justice system.

List of all Funded NPO's Names, Addresses and Contact Details

Drop in Shelters for Children​
Prevention and Awareness
Protective Workshops
Shelters for Adults-Homeless
VEP​