SAPS and First Responder

Creation of an ALL ability victim support unit model

As a result of the funding received from the National |GBVF Relief Fund,  Iris House had the privilege of designing and creating the first-of-its-kind (ALL) ability victim support unit model at the SAPS station in Bothasig. The unit was opened by Premier Alan Winde and our Patron Tracy Winde on the 6th of May 2022 supported by the new Western Cape MEC for community safety Mr. Reagan Allen. The Unit serves as a shining example of what can be done to support GBVF victims with disabilities and how best to protect their rights.

Victims of GBVF with disabilities. Training for First Responders, SAPS 

The funding provided by The National GBVF Relief Fund to Iris House for a two-year period holds significant importance. It enables Iris House to develop training manuals and conduct training programs for First Responders, SAPS Officers (South African Police Service), and Prosecutors. The focus of these training initiatives is to enhance their understanding and practical application of approaches that promote equality and non-discrimination specifically within the context of disability.

This effort is crucial because individuals with disabilities who have experienced Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) often face unique challenges and barriers when seeking justice and support. By equipping First Responders, SAPS Officers, and Prosecutors with the necessary knowledge and skills, they will be better prepared to provide effective and empathetic assistance to victims of GBVF with disabilities.

Addressing the intersectionality of disability and GBVF is essential for ensuring that these vulnerable individuals receive equal access to justice, support services, and protection from further harm. By promoting equality and non-discrimination in a disability context, this funding initiative aims to empower victims, improve the response of law enforcement agencies, and contribute to a more inclusive and equitable society.

Should you be a community first responder, SAPS Officer, or Prosecutor and you feel that you would benefit from this training, please complete our quick response form below.