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Police’s victim empowerment centre opens in East Lynne

The centre provides victims of violence and abuse with the tools to deal with their emotions.

The Gauteng SAPS proudly unveiled its victim empowerment and emotional wellness centre in East Lynne last week.

The centre’s opening was made possible by the social crime prevention and communication office with other role players giving them a helping hand, according to Warrant-Officer Marinda Austin of the Villieria police station.

Victim empowerment facilitates victims of violence and trauma access to a range of services to help them cope and overcome their trauma.

Emotional wellness equips members of the community with a positive state of emotions.

It also wants to provide them with life satisfaction, a sense of meaning and balance in their emotions while engendering positive social relationships and positive interaction within the community.

The goal of the centre is to create a platform to:

– help the youth recover from substance abuse issues
– support parents
– provide counselling to women and child abuse victims
– provide community education and training
– build community support groups
– manage, treat and prevent violence against women, children and the LGBTQIA+ community
– give legal assistance and seek justice.

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