PATCH was established in June, 1992 as a non-Profit organisation and is managed by voluntary community members serving as a Board of Directors.
Due to the high incidence rate of child sexual abuse, it was decided to change our focus in 1994 to specialize in child sexual abuse cases only. The Helderberg Child Welfare then opened in our area and took over all the other abuse related cases, leaving us only to deal with child sexual abuse.
PATCH has 7 satellite offices spread locally across the Helderberg basin in Cape Town, South Africa, they are, Macassar, Nomzamo, Lwandle, Zola, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Strand and the main office being in Somerset West.
With these additional offices, therapy can be done by our qualified social workers who live in the community and who can relate to the victims, their history and their stories. We have staff members who carry out the much needed awareness and prevention programmes in surrounding schools within the Helderberg as well as a 24 hour crisis service manned by sufficiently trained volunteer workers under the guidance of a supervisor at PATCH.
PATCH stands for the Prevention And Treatment of Child sexual abuse in the Helderberg.
The main goals of our organisation are:
To deliver a comprehensive crisis intervention service to child victims of sexual abuse, 24 hrs a day.
To provide free professional therapy to child victims of sexual abuse in their home language at an office close to their homes.
To offer hope, help and healing to victims of child sexual abuse.
To increase the rate of disclosures of sexual abuse.
To prepare children for their court case.
To provide pre-test HIV counseling.
To provide access to PEP treatment (Post-Exposure prophylaxis) to prevent HIV/STI’s if a child has been raped.
To create awareness of sexual abuse in the Helderberg.