As we commemorate the beginning of the national 16 Days of Activism against Violence on Women and Children, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is proud to be leading the whole-of-society response to the abuse of women and children.
The department has prioritized the development and protection of the province’s 1.7-million children and 2.1-million women beyond just this 16 day commemorative period.
Through the Children and Families programme and the Victim Empowerment sub-programme (VEP), the department provides key services to women and children at risk 365 days a year.
The Children & Families and VEP receive a combined budget of R654.2-million (up R14-million from the previous year), which is the second largest funding allocation.
Our budget has allowed the department to initiate truly innovative and exciting projects and expand services across the province;
The Department recently launched the 10-bed facility, the Safehaven in Noordhoek, which brings to 16 the number of shelters in the Western Cape for abused women and children.
During this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign the Department and MEC Albert Fritz, will embark on numerous events to commemorate the period. Some of the events will include;
We can end the abuse of women and children if we continue to work together and build partnerships with communities. The public can report any cases of abuse of women and children by approaching our social workers at regional or local offices, or by contacting the DSD hotline on 0800 220 250.
Spokesperson for Albert Fritz, Minister of Social Development
Western Cape Government
7th floor, 14 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town, 8000
Tel : (021) 483 9217
Cell : 076 083 6543
Email : Sihle.Ngobese@westerncape.gov.za