In 2007 an article appeared in the Northglen News about a lady that needed assistance after a traumatic experience and no one was willing to assist her at the police station, so she was subjected to going back to the abusive situation with a small child. I realized the immediate need for assistance for victims at police stations and began to work on the concept of trauma counseling for victims in the Durban North/Umhlanga area. My aim was to establish some sort of support system to assist the police and member of the community when having to deal with traumatic situations.
After investigation I discovered, that there is a desperate need for after hours counseling for victims of house break-ins, muggings, hijacking, abuse, rape, drug abuse etc. It was also apparent that policemen and women, who deal with many traumatic events on a daily basis, were in need of counselling. Amed with this infomation I apprcached Senior Superintendent T. Gonya and Captain B. Mayaba at the Durban North Police Station who offered their full support for the project.
I have been a voluntary counsellor and facilitator for the last 9 years at Life Line (situated in Adrain Road, Momingside), Life Line specially fomulated a course in trauma counseling for the volunteer and Life Line facillators conducted the training which was completed on the 26th February 2008
The Crisis Team was launched on the 5th of March at a sponsored Cocktail Party and duties officially started on the 8th March 2008
We support the Durban North & Umhlanga Police with trauma debriefing and counselling, and victim support.
Please join our group on Facebook as the more members we have, the more likely we are to qet MUCH NEEDED sponsorship. We are duly registered as a Non Profit Organisation and our NPO number is 097 843.
Keep safe! Carol van Tonder Founder and Chair person