HOPE FOR distressed

STAFF of the Mondeor police station victim support centre counsel about four people every day and also help officers to resolve cases.

STAFF of the Mondeor police station victim support centre counsel about four people every day and also help officers to resolve cases.

"The centre makes it easier for the police to take accurate statements because the victims have been counselled and are not still shocked," said the station's spokesman, Lunga Mahonga.

Trained officers and 21 counsellors are on stand-by 24 hours a day at the centre, south of Johannesburg. Weekends and the end of the month are very busy.

People who are uncomfortable about reporting crimes at the charge office go to the centre for advice before opening a case.

Mahonga said victims of domestic violence, rape and highjacking are the most frequent clients.

"We also have helped lost children from outside the country since the start of the Confederations Cup," Mahonga said.

The centre has been so effective that it has attracted the support of local business.

"There are two beds and we want to revamp it so that it can accommodate more people," she said.

Steve Mendz, chairman of the centre's committee, hailed this initiative of the local community police forum and Mondeor police station. He said it helps victims deal with trauma.

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