Care & Support
SWAGAA offers comprehensive psychosocial counselling services to survivors of abuse, their families and in some cases their perpetrators. As part of our counselling program emergency rescue initiative, services to victims of abuse are provided through case managers. In instances of difficult or complicated cases that are hostile, SWAGAA, through the assistance of other civil society organizations, provides assistance by removing the clients from dangerous homes and placing them in safe environments. In addition to this, a process of referring clients to other service providers, including the Police, health facilities, safe havens and halfway houses and legal assistance is provided.
Psychosocial Counselling for Children
With high instances of child sexual abuse in Swaziland, the availability of specialist to provide appropriate care and management of child survivors is very critical, though extremely limited. SWAGAA has established a child counselling unit, which currently employs one child counsellor. Travelling to remote communities to provide care and support for abused children can be challenging as the need is so high and resources are often constrained. Finding spaces to provide counselling services for children that are safe and private is also an issue.
SWAGAA has five counselling centres across the country where victims of gender-based violence can receive care and psychosocial support services.
Manzini Main Office opposite Council of Churches: Monday to Thursday – 8:00am – 16:30pm then Fridays from 8:00AM – 13:00pm
Mbabane Government Hospital (OPD): Monday to Friday – 9:00am – 15:00pm Mbabane One Stop Centre opposite the Magistrate Court: Monday to Friday – 8:00am – 16:45pm
Hlathikulu Government Hospital: Tuesdays & Wednesdays – 9:00am – 15:00pm
Simunye Social Welfare Office: Tuesday and Thursday – 8:30am – 16:00pm