Sage Life is a software company with an extensive workforce in South Africa. The Sage Foundation began work in 2019, as part of its corporate social investment, on a digital tool to support women victims of domestic violence. This project recognised that domestic violence is rampant not only in vulnerable communities but in working and middle-class communities also. In this project the employee volunteer programme was harnessed to offer an internal support system for women victims of domestic violence from within the workforce.
Sage Foundation, Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training
The objective of this programme was to establish a victim support system in which employees can offer their time to assist other employees in need of support. A project was designed to deliver capacity to Sage employee volunteers to themselves deliver support to colleagues from within the organisation. The objective was not to create a formal counselling system but an informal system to support victims and where appropriate to refer them to formal counselling or legal services.