CAPS Hauraki (CAPS) have recently been awarded a one year grant from the Ministry of Social Development to provide a much needed, locally based Sexual Abuse Crisis Service.
CAPS General Manager, Jo Taylor says “a huge number of local people and agencies have worked for years to raise awareness around the need for this service. Their hard work has paid off and by mid-October local people living with the impact of sexual violence will be able to get help without having to travel out of the region”.
The service’s main office will be in the central Thames area, and will provide support to both male and females affected by sexual abuse via a 24/7 0800 Helpline, a call out support service working alongside local Police and a weekday crisis counselling and support service for people who have experienced recent or historical sexual abuse.
Rachel Harrison, CAPS Service Leader, will head up the service. “CAPS and the Hauraki Family Violence Intervention Network have been working to make this service happen for a number of years. It is just awesome that our community will soon have this safe, confidential, specialist service available for anyone needing it”.
CAPS is setting this service up from scratch so are busy recruiting staff. Check out this week’s Hauraki Herald situations vacant column for more details.