We are networked with various organisations to provide for assistance in crisis situations as well as to source legal, policing, health care and social work advice and assistance. We educate and provide safety plans. Positive reinforcement is provided to assist clients in getting holistic assistance and to empower survivors to escape the “victim” mentality and re-integrate into society as thrivers. Our volunteers provide support services to survivors throught their journey.
For assistance in a crisis situation: whatsapp or call 071 427 0187,
Household surveys by the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) have found that 40% of men have hit their partners and one in four men has raped a woman. Three-quarters of men who admit to having raped women say they did so first as teenagers. And, while a quarter of the country’s women has been raped, just 2% of those raped by a partner report the incident to police.
Motivational Speaking and Workshops
Why use our Organisation?
Optimystic is uniquely placed to provide your company with informative and educational workshops that provide a balanced view - taking into account both your company’s needs and the survivor of abuse’s needs for a successful outcome.
Optimystic is part of the Skukumisa network with ties to organisations such as Tears, FAMSA, Sexual Assault Clinic (Benoni), GBV Network and various other non-profit organisation working the this field.
Our programmes and workshops are designed in conjunction with experts in their fields – ranging from psychologists to lawyers, and presented by Celeste Louw, adult survivor of abuse, survivor of domestic violence and founder of our organisation. Celeste is a published author, motivational speaker and expert in her field. She has provided workshops and presentations to numerous audiences including SAPS Intervention Unit, LifeLine Northern Cape, Northern Cape Drug Rehabilitation Centre, the National Shelter Movement (NISAA Institute for Women’s Development), the Northern Cape Department of Public Works and the Parliamentary High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation.
Tailor-made workshops on handling interpersonal violence, understanding abuse and various other topics around human rights violations are available on request.
Prices vary in range according to topic and type allocated. Funds raised are ploughed into the fight against domestic violence and child abuse.
Please feel free to contact us for a non-obligation quote.
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Did you know that 1 in every 7 of your staff and workforce is being abused by the person they love?
Did you know it's one of the major causes of absenteeism and low performance output?
Did you know that an abused staff member can pose a danger to your staff and your organisation/corporation?
Add to this the possibility of the spouse/partner causing danger and disturbance at the work place... and ask yourself can your company afford to ignore domestic violence.
How does it affect your Bottom-Line?
Whilst this might sound high, some of the most comprehensive studies, in both developed and developing countries, estimate the cost of domestic violence to be between 1-2% of GDP, and these are widely accepted to be under-estimates, given the conservatism of the methodology and the gross under-reporting of this form violence.
The fact is that staff members who are experiencing violence in their homes will show signs of diminished productivity, absenteeism and even unbalanced emotional stability and mental attitudes which will affect the work environment.
Not only does it affect your company’s financial results but also morale in your working environment.
What can you Do?
Losing productive and efficient staff is always a concern. The same way your company has compassion and offers education and support in regard to chronic diseases (like cancer, HIV and TB) – in order to cost effectively deal with staff that fall ill - an action plan to manage risk and possible financial loss due to domestic violence needs to be implemented.
Education is the key. Educating staff, from management down, around domestic violence and
the social factors surrounding these issues is paramount. Knowledge about how help, who to contact and how to build a workable and manageable plan that includes solutions other than dismissal and financial loss to both the company and the staff member are of utmost importance.
Available topics for Corporates include:
Domestic Violence – Managing your Risk
Understanding and Recognising Domestic Violence in the Workplace
Domestic Violence – Breaking the Silence – Shattering the Shame
Speaking Out – Uncensored - Understanding abuse from a Survivor’s Perspective
Support Groups, Programmes and more
Support - Online
Our online support group is very effective and provides positive re-inforcement and problem solving skills in the cyber environment.
To join one of our online support groups please contact us via Facebook
Rhino and Elephant
Teaching children protective behaviours.
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
A program designed specifically for adult survivors of neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse.
Expect Respect/Living an Authentic Life
An education programme for youth teaching healthy relationships.
A programme to prevent bullying in schools targeting staff, pupils and parents
Advocacy and Healing Workshops
Co-Dependency – for families affected by Addiction
Understanding Rape Culture
The Long Term Effects of Child Abuse - A Survivor's Perspective
The Monster Within - Unmasking the Paedophile
Domestic Violence - A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
In-House Training (advocacy and support)
Self-Care for Volunteers
The Self-Care Activities are a series of 5, one hour sessions for practical reflections and actions, designed to help caregivers and activists build up awareness of our own wellbeing, as well as our support system around taking care of ourselves.
Understanding Violence Against Women
Effects and Consequences of Violence Against Women
Nine Ethical Principles of Reporting in Violence Against Women
The Media’s role in Preventing Violence Against Women