There is a direct link between domestic violence and poverty. Not only do unemployment and a lack of financial resources exacerbate the abuse, but they also severely limit the survivor's choices about her and her children's future. The Centre thus recognises that in order to effectively address domestic violence it needs to include job skills and training programmes with the counselling, legal assistance and other services its partners provide for its clients.
The majority of women who come to the Centre, either as residents or clients of the counseling services, are unemployed. Their immediate need to earn money has led to a number of successful initiatives which create income generating opportunities:
- cleaning of the Centre's offices and training hall
- car-washing services
- assisting with administrative work
- working in the crèche as a child care assistant
- participating in the card and beading project
The Residential Programme Manager coordinates a number of training opportunities for Centre clients with partners and other organisations. These include life orientation and skills development programmes, such as parenting and assertiveness training, home based care and chef and canteen assistant training.