COPESSA was founded to address the ubiquity of violence against women and children in the Protea Glen community. Following the brutal assault of a child in 2000, a group of women joined together to form the iSililo campaign – which translates to a women’s cry in isiZulu – and following several consultative iindabas, COPESSA’s was formed.
Our initial focus was on violence against children (VAC) but has since evolved to include women. This holistic approach was necessitated by the intersection of VAC and violence against women (VAW), which we confirmed through research conducted in the community in 2019.
We prevent VAC and VAW by using the World Health Organization’s (WHO) ‘INSPIRE’ and ‘RESPECT’ Frameworks.