NGO providing platform for victims of abuse to speak out

first_imgA newly-formed non-governmental organisation (NGO) is providing a platform for victims of abuse to speak out.Silence Hides Violence Foundation (SHV) is also providing psychosocial help to persons who become victims of all forms of abuse.Some of the children who received school suppliesFounder Camille Cox told this publication that SHV seeks to eliminate violence in society and eventually worldwide.“I know it is going to be impossible, but that is our aim,” Cox said while adding that they are trying to empower and educate persons about violence, providing information on what measures can be taken by victims.She made mention of violence in inter-partner relationships, child abuse and violence in the workplace.“Our first mission is to go into schools, especially the secondary schools, and supply information to students through workshops. We want them to know about violence and what they can do if caught in a violent situation at home or just anywhere. We need to let them know where they can go”.The group currently has fourteen members, including two professional social workers and a third in training.“I, myself, am a victim of abuse. So, that is one of the reasons why I wanted this organisation, because it is one way that I can help persons from being caught such situations”.SHV seeks to provide support to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship and are victims of any form of abuse and to collaborate with stakeholders to sensitise individuals on violence— which takes into account child abuse, domestic violence, inter-partner violence.Public Relation Officer Lauristan Choy told this publication that the objectives will be achieved through sensitisation campaigns in forms of workshops, community outreaches, raising funds for families who are affected by violence, working with other stakeholders, and through counselling sessions.Recently, several students from East Bank Berbice were given school pages, water bottles, and other essentials needed for the new school term.Children at secondary, primary and the nursery levels who are living in difficult circumstances were beneficiaries.last_img

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