Anti Rape Strategy

Thuthuzela Care Centre

Thuthuzela Care Centre is a one stop facility that has been introduced as a critical part of South Africa’s anti-rape strategy.

The aim is to reduce secondary Victimisation, and improve conviction rate. We are a multi-disciplinary team consisting of: The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, Health Professionals and South African Police Service (SAPS).

Thuthuzela’s integrated approach to rape care is one of respect, comfort, restoring dignity and ensuring justice for children, women and men who are victims of sexual violence. When reporting, the rape victim is removed from crowds and intimidating environments, such as at the police station, to a more victim-friendly environment before being transported by police to the Thuthuzela care centre at the hospital. Enroute, the survivor receives comfort and crisis counselling from a trained Counsellors.

The Thuthuzela Care Centres have trained Rape Crisis counsellors

Counsellors onsite provide:

  • Trauma containment
  • Debriefing
  • Access to medical care
  • And refer to cases relevant stakeholders

Services offered at the
Thuthuzela Care Centers (TCCs)

  1. Welcome and comfort from a site coordinator or nurse.
  2. A social worker or counsellor will offer counselling.
  3. An explanation of how the medical examination will be conducted and what clothing might be taken for evidence.
  4. A consent form to sign that allows the doctor to conduct the medical examination.
  5. After the medical examination, there are bath or shower facilities for the survivor to use.
  6. An investigation officer will interview the survivor and take his/her statement
  7. A nurse arranges for follow-up visits, treatment and medication for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), HIV and AIDS.
  8. A referral letter or appointment will be made for long-term counselling
  9. Arrangements for the survivor to go to a place of safety, if necessary
  10. Court preparation by our Court Supporters, who operates at five [5] regional courts namely: Cape Town court, Khayelitsha court, Parow & Bellville court (these two courts are in the same building in Parow) and Wynberg courts
  11. An explanation of the outcome and update of the trial process by Police officer managing the case

The Thuthuzela Care Centres are situated in three areas in Cape Town

Rape Crisis

Karl Bremer Hospital

Rape Crisis

Heideveld Hospital

Rape Crisis

Victoria Hospital (forensic Unit)

Head Office

23 Trill Road, Observatory
Cape Town 7925
P O Box 46 Observatory 7935

Send us an email
Email: communications@rapecrisis.org.za
Complaints: complaints@rapecrisis.org.za

Contact

Head Office: 021 447 1467

Athlone: 021 684 1180
(335a Klipfontein Road)

Khayelitsha: 021 361 9228
(89 Msobomvu Drive)

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