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GRIP

GRIP

GRIP is a non-profit, community based organisation providing humanitarian assistance, rehabilitation, and empowerment to all rape, sexual assault and domestic violence survivors by guiding and assisting them through the Criminal Justice system. As well as services to those affected and infected by HIV Aids as a result of sexual assault.
GRIP’s services include the following:

Police Stations:
Our Defuser Volunteers man 13 Care-rooms in Police Stations 24hours /7 days a week. Statements are taken from the survivors in privacy and the care rooms also act as temporary places of safety.

Hospitals:
To ensure support and counselling during the medico legal examination, HIV testing and administering of life-saving medication. 8 hospitals have care-rooms that are open 24 hours/7 days a week.

Field Work:
All GRIP Survivor’s are visited at their homes by their Defuser at least 4 times. This ensures privacy.

Court Support:
To provide court intervention by providing survivors with court assistance and pre-court training in order to testify against perpetrators. GRIP assists in 5 courts.

Ekhaya Shelter:
GRIP has a 15 bed Shelter for Women and Children. This shelter gives survivors of sexual Assault and Domestic Violence a safe haven to recuperate in.

Mobile HCT Clinic:
Our mobile Clinic provides free TB screening and HIV/Aids testing and support. This brings clinic facilities to the people. An active Awareness Campaign (Asikhulume) supports this.

Caregiver and HIV/Aids Support Groups:
Parents of Child Survivors form support groups to help them help their children. Survivors and public who test + form a structured support group per area.

Most at Risk People:
Commercial Sex Workers are given support and knowledge about their Rights, HIV/Aids and health. Condoms are distributed and HIV tests conducted.

Awareness Raising:
Advocacy and awareness of services given through schools, imbizos, community events and media.

GRIP’s services extend from Bushbuckridge/Acornhoek in the north to nd Piet Retief in the south; from Schoemanskloof in the west to Nkomazi area in the east. Our programme model is easily replicated in both urban and rural areas. Our Model is internationally recognized by the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Copies of the study can be obtained via email – ovcteam@tulane.edu