Our Services

Our Services

Although the Callas Foundation was only formally established in September 2018, it has been serving communities for many years working in collaboration with various structures on a range of programmes. These associations have, for example, included athletics bodies, a range of civic and health organizations, neighbourhood watches, the Community Policing Forum (CPF) and various government stakeholders such as the South African Police Services, National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa, Legal Aid South Africa, Department of Health and the Department of Social Development amongst others. While the main target constituency of the Callas Foundation is women, the organization acknowledges the importance of working in an integrated approach ensuring that it is able to respond to a range of challenges faced in communities. In this respect, programmes are focused on creating sustainable communities; providing prevention and responsive services to victims of GBV and strengthening food security.

Access to Justice

 At Callas Foundation, we help to ensure that people have a voice in the justice system, we provide legal advice and advocacy services to help them secure their rights. We are here so that no one is isolated, left vulnerable or left without a voice.

Psychosocial Support

We offer psychosocial support to victims of Domestic Violence. If you or someone you know needs help, please don’t hesitate to contact us. This includes counselling services and assisting you with welfare benefits, food, clothes and anything else that may be needed.

Community Kitchen

Our NPO Foundation has a community kitchen that is open to everyone. We provide wholesome cooked meals throughtout the week. We are open Monday through Friday. This innitiative was started during the Covid 19 pandemic. 

Community Outreach

We are committed to making a difference in our community through our various outreach programs. From providing basic necessities, to offering educational and recreational opportunities, we strive to meet the needs of those who are most vulnerable. Our programs are designed to empower individuals and families to break the cycle of poverty and build a brighter future.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am in need of Court Support, what is the process?

Court Support is offered to female victims of violence and crime.

If you have a court date and would like support through this process. Contact Callas foundation with all off the information which incudes the date of your court appearnce, what you reuire assistance with and we will be in touch.

What is Gender Based Violence

GBV is violence directed against a person because of that person’s gender or violence that affects persons of a particular gender disproportionately.

Violence against women is understood as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women and shall mean all acts of gender-based violence that result in, or are likely to result in

  • physical harm,
  • sexual harm,
  • psychological,
  • or economic harm
  • or suffering to women.

It can include violence against women, domestic violence against women, men or children living in the same domestic unit. Although women and girls are the main victims of GBV, it also causes severe harm to families and communities.

How do I book an appointment to speak to a counsellor?

Fill out the form on the contact us page and give a description of your enquiry and we will be in touch with you. Please leave contact details.

What to do if you or somebody you know has been raped?

First Response: Your goal is to stay alive and get to a safe place as soon as possible!

Contact a friend or family member: The first person you tell about the rape is called the “first witness”. This person may need to make a statement to the police about your condition and, if possible, should accompany you to the hospital or police station.

What not to do: Do not wash yourself or throw away your clothes, no matter how much you want to. There might be hair, blood or semen on your body or clothes that can be used as evidence of the rape. Put your clothes in a paper bag.

If you were drunk or stoned at the time of the rape: Don’t let that stop you from reporting the matter and getting medical treatment – being intoxicated is not a crime, rape is!

Try and remember: Provide as many details as you can of the incident to the person helping you. This may serve as useful evidence.

Dealing with the police: Initially, only a brief statement is required from you. Make sure you read over the statement before signing it. You can provide a more detailed statement later. Ask for a copy of your statement. If you fear retribution or intimidation from the rapist/s, make sure the police are aware of this and ask that the rapist not be allowed out on bail, or apply for a protection order.

At the police station you have the RIGHT to:

  • Make your statement in a private room
  • Make your statement to a female officer (if there is one)
  • Make your statement in your own language
  • Have a friend or family member with you for support

Ask for a copy of your statement (you are entitled to by law), write down the name of the investigating officer, case number and the phone number for the police station so you can call to check progress of your case. Remember, you are not alone!

Read more or download your toolkit : 10 things to do if you or somebody you know has been raped. 

Information by: RapeCrises.org

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072 539 5113

admin@callasfoundation.org.za

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We advocate for women, children and men by providing services such as community Outreach, Psychosocial support an access to justice to dismantle systems that favor men over women.

32 Kiewiet Road, Bridgetown, Athlone, 7764

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