The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children.

The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC) was opened in 1999 in response to the high rates of violence against women and children on the Cape Flats near Cape Town. We provide essential, cost-free services 365 days a year to abused women and children employing a comprehensive range of services for the effective treatment and prevention of violence against women and children. In twenty four years we have managed to assist approximately 270 000 women and children survivors of Gender Based Violence.

We were the first ‘one-stop’ centre in South Africa.

Vision
The vision of the SBCWC is the creation of a safe and secure society within a human rights culture, where women and children are empowered and live in a violence-free society.

Mission
The mission of the SBCWC, as a human rights-based, non-governmental organisation, is to provide a comprehensive range of services that are accessible and safe to women and children by:

  • Working in partnership with organisations that advocate ending violence against women and children
  • Providing 24-hour emergency shelter, short and medium term residential care, and childcare services
  • Providing mental health support, as well as legal and economic empowerment services
  • Conducting research that will inform intervention strategies and best practices in the gender-based violence sector.
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