Access to Justice

We offer survivors of intimate partner violence holistic and integrated support and response services to access legal and psychosocial support in a centralised manner. We offer support services and advise to abused women about practicalities of obtaining protection orders and accessing counselling.

  • Court Support

Survivors of intimate partner violence and any form of domestic violence often have stay in the abusive relationships for many years, and being cut off from accessing many of their rights. The Domestic Violence Act (DVA) No. 116 of 1998 provides protection to those directly affected by domestic violence but many survivors often do not understand how to access the protection that the legislation provides them once at court.

We have trained court support workers who provide support to survivors in understanding the legal procedures and requirements they must undertake in order for the court to grant them the relief they seek. The court support workers are also present to offer emotional support during the process and after. They also refer survivors for further support in accessing healing and empowerment services where needed.

  • Thuthuzela Care Centres

MOSAIC is available at Thuthuzela Care Centres, which is a collaborative 24-hour, one-stop shop for survivors of sexual violence and abuse offering comprehensive services. The services at the centre ensure that a survivor undergoes forensic examination and medical treatment. MOSAIC’s Sexual Violence Counsellors provide trauma counselling to the survivors and assist the police  and the medical examiner when required. Survivors are also supported to prepare for trial by our counsellors and get access to follow-up counselling and support services long term.

MOSAIC also provides support to survivors of sexual violence by providing HIV Counselling and Testing services. We are present at the Worcester, Khayelitsha, Atlantis Thuthuzela Care Centres and at the Mitchells Plain Forensic Services Unit.

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