Simelela Centre

The Simelela Centre provides a comprehensive 24 hour service for survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

The services include forensic examinations and medical intervention—with strong emphasis on HIV prevention—counselling, as well as social and police support.

We offer the following reproductive health services:

  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Forensic examination
  • STI treatment
  • Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
  • Emergency contraception
  • Voluntary testing for HIV
  • Medical care for abandoned and neglected children
  • Follow Up Medical Care
  • HIV and pregnancy testing at 6 and 12 weeks
  • Referrals for HIV positive patients
  • Referrals for survivors for unwanted pregnancies
  • HIV Voluntary Counselling and Testing
  • Free HIV testing is offered to all clients
  • Psychological Support
  • Containment counselling
  • Pre and post-test counselling for HIV
  • At least 12 follow-up sessions conducted by Rape Crisis for survivors aged 14 years and above
  • Individual counselling provided by Nonceba Family Counselling Centre for survivors 14 years and under
  • Referrals to social workers from the Department of Social Development (Khayelitsha District Office) for survivors of sexual violence aged 19 years and under, as well as for children who are abandoned and seek assistance at the centre
  • Male counsellors working on the team to encourage male survivors to seek help
  • Care for Children
  • A designated room, equipped with toys, used when interviewing young children
  • Counselling support from the social workers at Nonceba Family Counselling
  • Early medical intervention providing for prevention of HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections, unwanted pregnancy, and counselling on termination of pregnancy
  • Social workers place children in safe care if they are deemed to be in danger of ongoing abuse
  • Legal support
  • If the survivor chooses to take legal action against their perpetrator, a police officer from the Khayelitsha Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit is dispatched to take their statement onsite
  •  Advice and referrals to legal organisations that can assist in preparations for trial
  • DNA collection of perpetrators performed by Simelela staff in a separate facility
  • Information, education and prevention
  • Radio discussion and newspaper articles used to raise awareness around issues of sexual and domestic violence, as well as promote the services offered by Simelela and its partners
  • Door-to-door campaigns held in collaboration with community based organisations
  • Simelela staff members are often invited to address different community forums to inform people about the services offered
  • National days of activism used for outreach and awareness campaigns

Contact Us for more information or to set up an appointment.

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