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Department of Social Development offers counselling for women in need

3 August 2022

Women are the bedrock of our society, and it is imperative that they have available to them the support services they may need to lead successful and full lives.

“Social workers from the Department of Social Development (DSD) offer therapeutic and psycho-social support services to women across the entire province. The support available can be adapted and altered to fit the specific needs of the client.

“I encourage women facing emotional or psychological suffering to reach out to our Department. You do not have to suffer alone!” said the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez.

Since 2019, 63 483 (verified) individuals who were victims of crime and violence received counselling and psycho-social support from the Department and its Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) partners.

The support offered aims to do the following, amongst others:

To contribute to the development efforts and to strengthen the participation of women in public life.

To monitor and document violations against women to create community awareness.

To empower female victims of social violence and to help women in need to achieve a psychologically stable and socially secure situation.

To educate women about their human and constitutional rights.

Contact number and further information:

If anyone requires any form of psycho-social and bereavement support, please contact us on our hotline on 0800 220 250, to be connected to your nearest local office.

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For more information about our other services, please refer to the Western Cape Department’s Website below:

Media Enquiries: 

Joshua Covenant Chigome

Spokesperson for the Minister of Social Development, Minister Sharna Fernandez

Tel: 021 483 9217

Cell: 083 661 4949