Rape Forensic Unit (Victoria Hospital)

Description:

For any person, rape or sexual assault is a traumatic experience and we want to help you on the road to physical, medical and emotional recovery. Together, the Western Cape Department of Health and other non-governmental organisations offer the following to survivors:

This forensic unit is the referral centre for 22 police stations, including Simon’s Town, Grassy Park and Milnerton. After an ordeal, rape and sexual assault survivors from the indicated geographical drainage area will receive treatment and counselling at the Victoria Hospital facility, or at one of the other metro clinical forensic services drainage areas if the incident occurred in another location.

Note: You'll be seen at the clinic according to where the incident happened, and not necessarily the closest one to where you live.

Instructions:

Here are some answers to the difficult questions you might have if you, or someone close to you, have been raped or sexually assaulted:

Do I have to go to a clinic or hospital after being raped or sexually assaulted? Showing support

If you or someone close to you survived any type of sexual offence, we urge you to seek medical help as soon as possible after the incident. The sooner you go, the better. This will help for:

  • evidence to be collected (where possible),
  • medical tests to be done and
  • medication to be provided to prevent HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STI's) and an unwanted pregnancy.

Consultations are free of charge. 

The easiest way to arrange access and transport to a designated Department of Health facility, is to report to your closest day hospital or police station, who should contact the appropriate health care facility where these cases are attended to.  Usually, if a case is reported to SAPS, the specialised unit that deals with these cases will be contacted, and a detective will typically provide transport to the appropriate health care facility.

What do I do first if I’ve been raped or sexually assaulted in the last 72 hours?

If you know someone who you trust and that you can talk to about the incident, ask him or her to stay with you throughout. The aim of the medical examination is to collect forensic evidence.  You should avoid:

  • having a shower, taking a bath, or washing-up,
  • changing your clothing, or if you've changed clothing, don't wash the clothing and bring any clothing, sheets, or items that may contain evidence with you to the health care facility. Note: If possible, bring a spare set of clothes with you. Place the unwashed clothing and/or other items in a paper bag or roll it up in a newspaper. Don’t put it in a plastic bag because this may ruin the evidence, and/or 
  • smoking, eating, drinking or brushing your teeth until you've been examined so that evidence can be  collected if forced kissing or oral penetration occurred.

These services are available 24 hours a day at designated Department of Health facilities across the Western Cape.

Do I have to make a decision to lay a charge at the police station immediately?

No. You have access to medical care and treatment whether you lay a charge with the police or not.  It's advisable to seek medical help as soon as possible.  You may, however lay a charge at your local police station at any time.

If the survivor is a child or a person with any mental impairment, a case must by law be opened with the police.

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What will happen at the clinic or hospital?

When you arrive at the nearest health care facility, the following may be offered, depending on the history of the case, time since the incident, and whether you lay a charge with the police or not:

  • medical advice and tests (for HIV, pregnancy and other sexually transmitted infections),
  • medical examination with or without evidence collection,
  • medical treatment (prevention against HIV, pregnancy and other sexually transmitted infections), and
  • treatment for any other injuries. 

Follow-up consultations will also be scheduled for you.  Your injuries will be carefully documented and counselling may be offered if available on-site, or you'll be referred for counselling.

Where's my nearest clinic with services for rape survivors?

You'll be seen at the clinic according to where the incident happened, and not necessarily the closest one to where you live.

The table below provides you with the contact details of the clinics in the bigger Cape Town area.

 

Metro clinic forensic services drainage areas

 

Facility

 

Victoria Hospital  (Wynberg)

 

Karl Bremer (Goodwood)

 

Mitchell's Plain Hospital

or

Heideveld Clinic

 

Khayelitsha Hospital (Khayelitsha)

 

 Service provider

 

Clinical Forensic Unit

 

Thutuzela

 

Thutuzela

 

Thutuzela


 Contact details

 

 Tel: (021) 799 1235

 Fax: (021) 799 1118

 

 Tel: (021) 918 1321

 Fax: (021) 918 1341

 

 Tel:  (021) 637 9431/  (021) 699 0474

 Fax:  (021) 691 7962

 

 Tel: (021) 360 4293

 Fax: (021) 360 4570

 

Drainage area

 

Cape Town

Southern Suburbs

Northern Atlantic Seaboard

 

 

Northern Suburbs

 

 

Cape Flats

 

 

Khayelitsha

 

Police stations covered


 

 

 1.   Camps Bay
 2.   Cape Town
 3.   Claremont
 4.   Diep River
 5.   Fish Hoek
 6.   Grassy Park
 7.   Hout Bay
 8.   Kensington
 9.   Kirstenhof
 10. Maitland
 11. Milnerton
 12. Mowbray
 13. Muizenberg
 14. Ocean View
 15. Rondebosch
 16. Sea Point
 17. Simon’s Town
 18. Steenberg
 19. Table Bay Harbour
 20. Tableview
 21. Woodstock
 22. Wynberg

 

 1.   Belville
 2.   Bishop Lavis
 3.   Bonteheuwel
 4.   Bothasig
 5.   Brackenfell
 6.   Delft
 7.   Durbanville
 8.   Eerste River
 9.   Elsies River
 10. Goodwood
 11. Kleinvlei
 12. Kraaifontein
 13. Kuils River
 14. Langa
 15. Mfuleni
 16. Parow
 17. Pinelands
 18. Ravensmead

 

 1.   Athlone
 2.   Gugulethu
 3.   Lansdowne
 4.   Manenberg
 5.   Mitchell’s Plain
 6.   Nyanga
 7.   Phillipi
 8.   Phillipi-East
 9.   Strandfontein
 10. Heideveld
 11. Crossroads

 

 1.    Harare
 2.   Khayelitsha
 3.   Lingelethu-West

 

Various private organisations also work in the area of sexual abuse:

Organisation 

Description

Contact details

 Life Line 

 24-hour telephone counselling for general trauma.

 (021) 461 1111

 Child Line 

 24-hour telephone counselling for general trauma  in children.

 (021) 461 1114

 Ilitha Labantu 

 Counselling in violence against women in general.

 (021) 633 2383

 Nicro Women's Support  Centre 

 Counselling and advice for battered women.

 (021) 422 1690

 Rape Crisis (Observatory)

 24-hour counselling and advice for sexual assault  survivors 14 years and older.

 (021) 447 9762

 Rape Crisis (Khayelitsha) 

 24-hour counselling and advice for sexual assault  survivors 14 years and older.

 (021) 361 9085

 Rape Crisis (Athlone)

 24-hour counselling and advice for sexual assault  survivors 14 years and older.

 (021) 633 9229

 Black Sash 

 General legal advice.

 (021) 425 3417

 RAPCAN

 Resources aimed at the prevention of child abuse  and neglect.

 (021) 712 2330

 SAFELINE

 Counselling and advice service for abused children,  16 and younger.

 (0800) 035553 (toll free)

 FAMSA

 Family, marriage and couple counselling.

 (021) 447 0170

 Triangle Project 

 Counselling around issues of sexuality.

 (021) 448 3812

 Trauma Centre for Victims of  Violence and Torture 

 Counselling service for general trauma, and  violence.

 (021) 465 7373

Provided At: These facility categories:
Provided by:
Government Body: (Department of Health, Western Cape Government)
Price:

Free of charge.

The content on this page was last updated on 2 July 2015