Case Work - General Assiatnce
Case work is SVSG’s critical response mechanism for primary interface with the public.
SVSG’s most important advocacy role is through the case work it conducts, because it is through this grassroots work that SVSG is able to contact, inform and assist the members of our community who are at the greatest risk of becoming victims of crime and most importantly, caring, supporting and helping the victims of society’s misfortunes. Criminal matters are immediately referred to the Police.
Case Work - Referral & Follow Ups
SVSG not only refers cases to the Police, but also follows up on these cases to ensure that it gets to court and that justice is served. Being the voice for these victims form part of SVSG’s advocacy responsibility. Through the legal system, we walk with our victims to court and at the end of any of their court cases, SVSG is responsible for the preparation of the Victims Impact Report required by the court. From when a case is lodged with SVSG, to shelter assistance, to the Police and to the court, SVSG have been there for victims of crime in Samoa to ensure that their rights are upheld throughout.
As testimony of our work, we have established ‘families’ throughout our community engagement which is an important achievement as it enabled reciprocating trust to develop between us and our community. This is evident by the increasing number of people walking through our doors; from victims of sexual crimes to domestic violence to poverty, harassment and unfair treatment, to name a few, never for a second have we hesitated in embracing them.
With the establishment of over 300 SVSG Village Representatives around Upolu, Savaii & Manono tai during its Awareness Campaign Against Rape in 2010, a number of cases handled by the office during and following its Awareness Campaign related to referrals from SVSG Village Representatives.