Our Rape Crisis clients who may or may not be presenting in our 5 courts can attend a Pre-Trial Consultation. The pre-trial consultation is a complementary session to court support but takes place in our three offices: Athlone, Khayelitsha and Observatory. In pre-trial consultation the client is also emotionally and practically supported for the court process; in addition there is concerted focus on developing coping methods on how to manage the whole court process.
Our court support services are readily and easily accessible to clients presenting at court to address their identified needs for support and information. Clients are likely to develop anxiety and may experience courts as intimidating; in addition are likely to not have adequate information about what process and experience awaits them.
We believe a client who receives court support will have been empowered with information to know what their court process entails, what will be expected of her or him; and the client will be emotionally prepared to give a strong testimony and see the case through to completion.
The envisioned impact and flow of events through court support is an emotionally and practically supported client who is able to give a strong testimony which may result in a conviction; thereby encouraging more reporting by clients but deterring perpetration of sexual violence and creation of safer communities for all of us.