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Support and Contacts

Contact numbers outside the Cape Peninsula are not maintained

Below is a list of counselling services for adult victims of violent crime and other organizations that offer services, for example, legal and general advice, which may be helpful. Organizations that focus on domestic and child abuse and violence against children and women have not been included. Links to more information and help on the Internet follow.

Eastern Cape

'Life Line', East London, 043-722-2000. Offers a free 24-hour telephone counselling service.

'Life Line', Port Elizabeth, 041-55-5581. Offers a free 24-hour telephone counselling service.

Free State

'Life Line', 057-352-2212. Offers a free telephone counselling service from 10am-10pm.

Gauteng

'Life Line', Actonville, 011-421-8614. Offers a free telephone counselling service from 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri.

'Life Line', Alexandra, 011-443-5026. Offers a free telephone counselling service from 9.30am-6pm, Mon & Thurs, 9.30am-4.30pm, Tues, Wed & Fri.

'Life Line', Duduza, 011-810-3900. Offers a free telephone counselling service from 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri.

'Life Line', East Rand, 011-422-4242. Offers a free 24-hour telephone counselling service.

'Life Line', Johannesburg, 011-728-1347. Offers a free 24-hour telephone counselling service.

'Life Line', Klerksdorp, 018-462-1234. Offers a free telephone counselling service from 10am-10pm.

'Life Line', Mohlakeng, 011-414-3056. Offers a free telephone counselling service from 9am-4pm, Mon-Fri.

'Life Line', Pretoria, 012-342-2222. Offers a free 24-hour telephone counselling service.

'Life Line', Rustenberg, 014-597-2000. Offers a free telephone counselling service from 8am-12pm and 7pm-10pm.

'Life Line', Themba Soweto, 011-988-0155. Offers a free telephone counselling service from 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri.

'Life Line', Vaal Triangle, 016-28-1640. Offers a free telephone counselling service from 9am-9pm.

'Life Line', West Rand, 011-935-4111. Offers a free 24-hour telephone counselling service.

KwaZulu-Natal

'Durban Citizen's Advice Bureau', 031-304-5548. Offers free information about services, legal and rights issues.

'KwaZulu-Natal Programme for Survivors of Violence', 033-142-1378. Offers assistance and support for individuals, families and communities that have been fragmented due to high levels of violence. Facilitates individual and group debriefing sessions.

'Life Line', Durban, 031-23-2323. Offers a free 24-hour telephone counselling service.

'Life Line', Margate, 039-315-5447. Offers a free telephone counselling service from 10am-10pm.

'Life Line', Pietermaritzberg, 033-194-4444. Offers a free 24-hour telephone counselling service.

'Life Line', Zululand, 035-153-3333. Offers a free telephone counselling service from 10am-2pm and 6pm-10pm.

Northern Province

'Tshehlwaneng Development Centre', 082-965-3321. Supports anti-crime campaigns and offers youth counselling services.

Western Cape

Citizens' Advice Bureau, Contact Offers free information about services, legal and rights issues.
E-mail:cab@cab.kabissa.org

Life Line, Cape Town. Offers a free 24-hour telephone counselling service.

Life Line, Elsies River. Offers a free telephone counselling service from 8am-4pm, Mon-Fri.

Manenberg People's Centre. Offers general counselling services and advice, and legal services, as well as many other community services.

'Trauma Centre' for Victims of Violence and Torture, 021-465-7373. Provides services to survivors of organized violence, including psychological, medical, emotional and social support. Focuses on urban violence, including victims of violent crime.

Mpumalanga

'Life Line', Nelspruit, 013-755-3606. Offers a free telephone counselling service from 10am-1pm and 6pm-9pm.

'Support Counselling Services', 013-796-1473. Offers counselling services.

Northern Province

'Tshehlwaneng Development Centre', 082-965-3321. Provides information and communication services to the community.

North West Province

'Life Line', Sun City, 014-657-1115. Offers a free 24-hour call-out counselling service.

Information and help on the Internet

For information about how traumatic events can affect you, the following sites may be useful. The list focuses on the post-traumatic stress symptoms of overwhelming events and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There are many more sites available on the Internet, but the following have been selected with the needs of the respondents of the questionnaire in mind.

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: South Africa. This site is one of the few that focuses on South Africa. The contents are mainly concerned with the socio-political context of South Africa. http://www.wits.ac.za/csvr/trauma.htm/

Health-Centre.com. This site covers a multitude of health issues. It offers a wealth of basic information on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including causes, treatments and medication. http://www.health-center.com/english/brain/ptsd/

Internet Mental Health: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This site offers information on many mental health problems and issues, including on PTSD. http://www.mentalhealth.com/dis/p20-an06.html

National Centre for PTSD. Another good site for information about PTSD. http://www.ncptsd.org/