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The Trauma Centre

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    Peace-building and human security is threatened by violence. Yet violence is predictable and preventable. The Trauma Centre contributes towards violence prevention through advocacy, capacity building, research and the provision of mental health services for survivors. Victim rehabilitation for survivors of social crime, political violence and torture is a core component of the work undertaken by the organisation. 

    Our report on Meeting the needs of survivors of gang violence in Manenberg is now available from here.

  • The Trauma Centre locates itself firmly in the field of transitional justice specialising in inclusive healing practices as one of the prerequisites for peace-building and human security in conflict and post conflict situations. As a prominent South African NGO providing trauma counselling and healing to South Africans and non-South Africans affected by violence and torture, the Trauma Centre is committed to the building of a non violent society with a respect for human rights. 

    Its grassroots experience in therapeutic interventions, cutting edge research and advocacy programmes enable the sharing of expertise with strategic partnerships across Africa and further afield. On a local level, the Trauma Centre encourages a multi-disciplinary approach to healing sharing knowledge and expertise systems with other practitioners to facilitate multi-layered healing interventions.


Categories of Violence
Trauma counselling services for:
  • Armed robberies, hi jacking, assault
  • Traumatic bereavement (murder, accidents
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Gang violence
  • Torture
  • Hate crime
  • Vicarious trauma


The Trauma Centre releases its research report entitled “Towards making psychosocial victim rehabilitation a reality: Meeting the needs of survivors of gang violence in Manenberg. Click here for the full report.

The Trauma Centre calls for a commission of inquiry into efforts to address gang violence in the Western Cape.

The Third Annual Nelson Mandela Youth Dialogue is scheduled 29 July 2015.


  • Training for Community Policing Forums and neighbourhood watches on trauma support and torture prevention
  • Trauma Support Officer training for community workers
  • Capacity building for community-based organisations on trauma support for survivors of violence
  • Capacity building on Self Care for employees working in communities affected by violence
  • Mentoring of international volunteers and local interns in the provision of trauma-focused psychosocial services

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Our problems may be great in South Africa but the spirit and strength of our people is quite extraordinary.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, patron of The Trauma Centre

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