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Welcome to COPESSA

COPESSA (Community-based Prevention and Empowerment Strategies in South Africa) is a multiple award-winning community based organisation whose reason for being is the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

We have for the past nine years pioneered use of a holistic model, the Ecological Model, for both the understanding of the predisposing factors to this social sourge and to tailor-making programmes that address it.

Consequently, we offer the following sevices:

  • Community Development Projects, (primary prevention)
  • Clinical services – counselling, medical assessments, group therapy, play therapy, for the victims and their families (tertiary prevention)
  • Research and training, (quartenary prevention


Please click here for the COPESSA’s approach and response to GBV - The Ecological Model

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