Care & Support
SWAGAA offers comprehensive counselling services to survivors of abuse, their families and, in some cases, the perpetrators. By focusing on both the physical and emotional needs of survivors, our highly-trained Case Managers take a holistic approach to care. This helps survivors better manage and overcome the impacts of violence. SWAGAA’s holistic approach includes:
- Counselling services
- Finding safe shelter
- Providing dignity packs
- Helping access healthcare (including emergency medical care and post-exposure prophylaxis)
- Working with our Legal Unit to support clients as they navigate the criminal justice system
Through our Referral Network, we collaborate with the police services, government agencies, healthcare facilities, safe havens and halfway houses and legal practitioners to provide the best care possible.
Counselling for Children
With high instances of child sexual abuse in Eswatini, the availability of specialists to provide care for child survivors is critical, though extremely limited. To help address this problem, SWAGAA has established a Child Counselling Unit, which employs one Case Manager trained in child counselling.
Travelling to remote communities to provide care and support services for abused children can be a challenge. Not only is it difficult to access remote communities, balancing the demand for these services with limited resources is a problem. In addition, finding spaces to provide counselling services for children that are safe and private is also a concern for our Child Counselling Unit.
Through SWAGAA’s Child Counselling Unit we also support children who interact with the criminal justice system and participate in trials. We work with legal practitioners and magistrates to sensitize them on how to interact with children during court proceedings
Dial 9-5-1 to call SWAGAA
SWAGAA’s toll-free help line is for anyone who is seeking assistance for:
- sexual assault
- gender-based violence
- domestic abuse
We also refer clients to important agencies and provide both short- and long-term counselling services.
This toll-free line works from land-line to land-line and does not support cellular phones.
HOURS: Monday – Thursday 8:00am to 4:30pm and Friday 8:00am to 1:00pm
SWAGAA has five counselling centres across the country where survivors of abuse can receive care and support services.
Manzini Main Office opposite Council of Churches
Monday to Thursday – 8:00am – 4:30pm and Fridays from 8:00am – 1:00pm
Mbabane Government Hospital (OPD)
Monday to Thursday – 9:00am – 3:00pm and Fridays 8:00am – 1pm
Mbabane One Stop Centre opposite the Magistrate Court
Wednesdays & Fridays – 8:00am – 4:45pm
Hlathikhulu Government Hospital
Mondays & Wednesdays – 9:00am – 3:00pm
Simunye Social Welfare Office
Tuesday & Thursday – 8:00am – 4:00pm
What is a dignity pack?
Dignity packs are provided to clients who come to SWAGAA’s counselling centres after being sexually assaulted or raped. Once all the required medical and forensic exams are complete, survivors are given items to help restore their dignity.
Dignity packs include:
- sanitary napkins/pads
After a person experiences a sexual assault or rape, a medical and forensic exam is required. Often referred to as a ‘rape kit’, this exam gathers evidence and helps mitigate any long-term health impacts. For accurate exam results, survivors should avoid the following activities immediately after a sexual assault:
- using the restroom
- changing clothes
- cleaning the area
Dignity packs are a first step in the healing process. They help survivors restore their sense of self-worth and respect immediately following a sexual assault.