Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (ADAPT) is a section 21 Non profit Organisation which was founded in 1994. It started as a small entity focusing on providing counselling for abused women but due to demands from the community of Alexandra Township and its partners, it developed beyond counselling to community education, research, advocacy and lobbying as well as building community support for women through training of officials within various disciplines for abused women and vulnerable girl children. The beneficiaries of this service have expanded to include the youth, men and the elderly.
ADAPT is one of the first organisations in South Africa to introduce working with men as one of the effective strategies of confronting violence against women. The organisation is committed to changing social values and structural factors that perpetuate violence against women by promoting a spirit of interdependence, mutual respect and co-existence between men and women. ADAPT also assists people to deal effectively and efficiently with conflict by giving them the opportunity to explore their human relations and awareness skills. These bring about the possibility of better communication and co-operation between those in conflict.
Being a Non-Profit Organisation of choice in Gender Based Violence awareness and training in Southern Africa.
To achieve a society free from Gender Based Violence, through creative participation of all members of the community.
The organisation seeks to achieve its vision and mission through:
- Offering individual and group support to survivors of physical, sexual and psychological violence.
- Offering individual and group support to perpetrators of gender based violence.
- Providing training for health workers, police, court officials, priests, teachers and other key community change agents on accurate identification and intervention for abused women.
- Assisting unemployed abused women to initiate and run economically viable micro-businesses.
- Gathering, documenting and disseminating information about many facets of gender based violence.
- Creating forums to challenge and redefine cultural, socio-political and economic factors underlying violence against women.
- Educating the community through regular workshops, seminars, posters, pamphlets, radio talk shows, television, theatre and many other art forms.