South Africa is recognised by some as one the most violent societies in the world. The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) states that, per capita, South Africa has the most assaults, rapes, and murders in the world!
According to the Automobile Association (AA), South African roads are fast becoming known as some of the most dangerous in the world. (News24.com: 16 March 2010)
One of the most significant outcomes of trauma is that of psychological traumatic stress. Left untreated, it can overwhelm an individual and result in a serious pathology, including homicide and suicide.
Under ideal circumstances, individuals will cope effectively with crises by themselves; develop inner strength; experience positive personal growth and become more compassionate.
Sadly however individuals often appear to survive crises, but block the hurtful effects from their awareness, only to have it haunt them in various ways for the rest of their lives.
Then there are also those who disintegrate psychologically at the onset of a crisis and clearly demonstrate that they are incapable of continuing with their lives unless provided with immediate and intensive psychological assistance.
This is the work of Crisis Support Services (CSS)– to support and counsel those who have been exposed to a traumatic event by means of immediate and ongoing interaction. Further Crisis Support Services seeks to quip and support those who work with traumatized persons