COPESSA (Community-based Prevention and Empowerment Strategies in South Africa) is a multi-award-winning not-for profit organisation whose reason for being is the prevention of Violence against Children (VAC) and Gender-based Violence (GBV), especially Violence against Women (VAW).
We are registered as a Section-21 Company (NPC), a Section 18A public benefit organisation (PBO) and a non-profit organisation (NPO).
Our walk-in Centre was opened in 2004. We are based in Protea Glen, Extension 11, Soweto. All the services we offer to the community are at no cost to them.
We enjoy the support of eminent persons, organisations and institutions, including Dr Sibongile Khumalo who recently passed on, the Wits School of Public Health and the Gauteng Department of Social Development.
Read the tribute we paid to Dr. Sibongile Khumalo here
An initiative to prevent Violence against Children (VAC)
and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) especially Violence against Women (VAW).
COPESSA empowering communities and breaking the cycle of abuse
My name is Amos. I volunteer at COPESSA.
Let me share how I came to be a volunteer:
I did not feel like my partner was listening to me this frustrated me. Out of anger I would become violent towards her. When I realized I was becoming someone I could not recognize I suggested to my partner that we seek help. I saw in me the man my father was to my mother, and something needed to change. I could see the very pain I felt as a child in my children’s eyes. I was abusing my children as they were witnessing our fights.
After a long process of acknowledgement and reflection with the help of counseling from COPESSA, I finally found healing. Although my relationship with my partner did not work out I have become a better person, father and partner. Thankfully, COPESSA assisted me through my healing for free, as I would not have been able to afford the many counseling sessions I needed.
I chose to further the journey with COPESSA and I now volunteer for the organization with a hope to bring to life a Men’s Forum in our community. Through my lived experiences and those of friend’s and neighbour’s I have realized that men in our community need a space where they can support one another at a time where violence has become a norm. With COPESSA’s professional help we will realize this dream.