We set up SafePlace Units in close proximity (within 1km) of rural and underserved communities that act as an immediate places of safety for vulnerable people in those communities around the Port Shepstone area. Many of the people we serve are victims of abuse, gender-based violence, rape, and sexual assault.
Our goal is to provide immediate physical safety in our secure units, emotional safety provided by our trained site managers and security guards, and to begin to walk the road of healing for those who have experienced trauma.
What does a SafePlace look like?
A SafePlace is a secure units with safe lock-up facility, surrounded by security fences and slam lock doors in order to assist someone quickly and securely.
Each unit is occupied by a trained, female security personnel/site manager at night and a registered social worker during the day, and monitored by audio/visual technology with additional security on-call.
Each unit has a trauma-informed SafeSpace room for a victim to be safely held in until he/she can be transported to the relevant hospital or police facility for their needs to be attended to.