Purpose of the Programme

•    To facilitate the establishment and integration of inter – sectoral programmes and policies to prevent victimization, and support, protect and empower the victims of crime and violence with special focus on the vulnerable groups especially women and children.
•    It also focuses on creating a society in which crime prevention is prioritized and the rights and needs of victims of crime and violence are acknowledged and effectively addressed within a favourable environment.


Policy mandates
•    National Intersectoral Victim Empowerment Policy.
•    National Policy Guidelines for Victim Empowerment
•    National Directory on services for Victims of Violence and Crime.
•    Service Charter for Victims of Crime.
•    Minimum Norms and Standards for Service Delivery in Victim Empowerment.

Situational Analysis
The Northern Cape Province is a vast area and amongst the poorest in the country.  There is noted scarcity of professional resources in general, particular to the victim empowerment sector.  There are severe shortage of professional expertise and therefore depends on the limited existing capacity.  Albeit these conditions, there is a strong will of combating the challenges of violence and crime by VEP stakeholders in the province. 
The Northern Cape is known for its high incidences of crime especially rape to an extent that it is referred to at times as the Rape Capitol of South Africa. An analysis of crime revealed that alcohol misuse contributes significantly to most crimes in this province.  This and other contributing socio-economic factors must be reduced for sustainable reduction in contact crimes.  

Gender Based Violence and Abuse remain a major challenge to the VEP Programme.  Statistics of rape and abuse cases are at the increase.  There has also been an increase in cases of domestic violence and the number of victims in shelters.  There was also a realization that cases of Human Trafficking are in the increase in our communities.  In 2008, the department partnered with UNODC in order to strengthen services to victims of crime and violence.

Although there has been a noted reduction of crime especially contact violence crime nationally, in the Province there are still isolated incidences of violent crime eg:  rape and serious assault.

 

Analysis of constraints and measures planned to overcome them
•    Positive involvement of Men and Boys on issues and programmes of Gender Based Violence
•    Coordination of VEP services
•    Communities not knowledgeable about Human Trafficking

Description of planned quality improvement measures

•    Train VEP coordinators on Men and Boy Strategy. 
•    Establish and revive Districts and Local forum
•    Continuously raise awareness on Human Trafficking and capacity building to stakeholders. 

Resource Consideration

•    There is a shortage of shelters of victims of domestic violence in the province. 
•    Lack of dedicated staff for victim empowerment. 
•    Unavailability of VEP volunteers in some areas. 

 

Risk Management
•    Lack of dedicated staff for VEP at the districts. 
•    Lack on NGOs rendering VEP services.
•    Lack of resources in NGO sector resulting to closing down of NGOs.

 

Strategic Goal

To reduce the risk of sexual and physical violence against women (gender-based violence)

Outcomes

  • All people in South Africa are and feel safe
  • Improved victim support services

Strategic Objective

To facilitate social integration, protection and develop vulnerable groups through developmental and implementation of victim empowerment programmes in terms of Integrated Victim Empowerment Policy.

Objective Statement

To manage and monitor the implementation of the Integrated Victim Empowerment Policy by 80% by 2015.

Baseline

2 256 reported cases for 2008/2009

Justification

The increase in the abuse of substance leads to an increase in the number of domestic violence cases.  Unemployment and poverty also plays a role in increase domestic violence and other related crime.  In some areas in the province women still lives in patriarchal society where they allow abuse by their spouses with the belief that men are the rulers.   The above calls for more and aggressive marketing of VEP services in our communities.

Links

The 365 Days Media Campaign is the Marketing Strategy utilizes to raise awareness on Gender Based Violence within our communities.  The department partnered with stakeholders and NGOs in promoting integration of services.
The department also commemorate the following calendar days with other stakeholders as to aggressively remind our communities of their importance:

  • The Victim’s Rights Week
  • August- Women’s Month
  • 16 Days of Activism on no Violence against Women and Children.
  • Implementation of Men and Boy Strategy
  • Implementation of Shelter Strategy and all other VEP legislation