Who We Are


We have a vision of a South Africa in which women are safe in their communities and where the criminal justice system supports and empowers survivors of rape and other sexual offences and acts as a deterrent to perpetrators of crime.


Our mission is to promote safety in communities, to reduce the trauma experienced by rape survivors, to encourage the reporting of rape and to work actively to address flaws in legislation.

To reduce the trauma
experienced by rape survivors

To encourage the reporting
of rape

To work to actively address
flaws in legislation

meet the team


Nazma Hendricks

Operations Manager

Barbara Williams

Finance & Admin Manager

Charlene Whittern

Admin & Finance assistant

Karen Cogill

Planning, Monitoring, Evaluations & Learning Specialist

Janet Austin

Training and Development Coordinator Khayelitsha

Deliwe Ngqwala

Training and Development Coordinator Athlone

Michelle Bergh

Communications Coordinator

Sino Mdunjeni

Digital Officer

Jemma Rose

Thuthuzela Care Centre Coordinator

Mazeeda Karani

Advocacy Coordinator

Mandisa Mbotshelwa

Advocacy Specialist

Jeanne Bodenstein

Court Support Coordinator

Neliswa Tshazi

Thuthuzela Care Centre Coordinator

Alvita Carelse

Counselling Coordinator Athlone

Rifqah Abrahams

Counselling Coordinator Observatory

Masibulele Sishuba

Receptionist Athlone

Priscilla Julie

Receptionist Khayelitsha

Zodwa Thomas

Road to Justice Administrator

Estelle Carolissen

Sewing project Coordinator

Joyce Doni


The Journey of Rape Crisis

Established in 1976, Rape Crisis is the most experienced organisation in South Africa working in the area of adult rape and sexual violence. Our roots are as a volunteer-run feminist women’s collective, but we were compelled by the changing fundraising climate of the early 1990s to develop into a professionally staffed organisation. We obtained NPO registration in 1997 and maintained our focus on the empowerment of women.

We have a national reputation for unique and innovative best practices models and our work consists of a range of projects that include direct services to survivors of rape and sexual violence, popular education and advocacy as essential components of a well-developed theory of change.

Our relationship with government, particularly at the provincial level, is collaborative (we share spaces at courts and health facilities with government service providers) but also challenging because we observe that government does not always serve the best interests of rape survivors. Our close connection with the communities we serve gives us capacity for social mobilisation and our strong network of partners in civil society gives us support for lobbying influential role players at both the national and provincial levels of government.

With the support of the communities we serve, our partners, and by utilising well researched information, we develop strategies to address flaws in the criminal justice system in order to ensure better support for complainants. Our offices in Khayelitsha, Athlone and Observatory reflect the diverse demographics of the clients and communities we serve.


Our Supporters

Rape Crisis is able to provide free support services to rape survivors from a team of skilled professionals because of the support of these committed benefactors:




Open for counselling 5 days a week

Observatory Office:
23 Trill Road
Tel: 021 447 1467

Athlone Office:
335a Klipfontein Road
Tel: 021 684 1180

Khayelitsha Office:
89 Msobomvu Drive
Tel: 021 361 9228

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