HELP US STAND UP AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE & DRUG ADDICTION

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

WE DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BREAK THE CHAINS IN THE WESTERN CAPE

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

WORK WITH US TO HEAL AND RESTORE LIVES

We work with all vulnerable and displaced individuals with a special focus on WOMAN, HOMELESS and YOUTH who have been victims of gender based violence and those who are battling with drug addiction and those who come from impoverished RURAL, PERI-URBUN, SEMI-URBAN and URBAN gang and drug-ridden communities in the Western Cape, South Africa.

HOMELESSNESS

South Africa is home to approximately 200,000 street homeless people. Homelessness is a complex issue and is often a result of experiences with abuse, domestic violence, family problems, eviction, economic difficulties and substance use disorders. For some people, substance abuse is a coping mechanism for escaping the hard realities and lived experiences on the streets.

INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA

Legacies of Loss. Apartheid, as a systemised and institutionalised process of race-based discrimination, exploitation and oppression, left in its wake a deeply traumatised society in South Africa. Intergenerational trauma affects one family, while each generation of that family may experience its own form of trauma, the first experience can be traced back decades.

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a profound and widespread problem in South Africa. There are many different forms of GBV which are gendered in nature, because of how gendered power inequalities are entrenched in our society. GBV can be physical, sexual, emotional, financial or structural, and can be perpetrated by intimate partners, acquaintances, strangers and institutions.

SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS

Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behaviour and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. Disorders occur when a person’s use of alcohol or another substance (drug) leads to health issues, problems at work, school, home and in the community at large.

Drug addiction Is Not A Choice Anybody Makes. It’s A Response To Emotional Pain. You Have A Role To Play.

WE ARE ACTIVE IN ADDRESSING THESE CORE SOCIAL ILLS

SUD's

Drug Addiction and Alcohol abuse is a national crisis with alcohol consumption and illegal drug consumption in South Africa recorded statistically as being double the world norm. The dire socio-economic climate and increasing drug availability has led to an upsurge in crime and violence rates.

GBV

In South Africa, we have amongst the highest rates of intimate partner violence (IPV), and recently released data from Statistics SA show that rape and sexual violence have become hyperendemic with one woman murdered every 3 hours. Only one in nine rape cases are reported

INTER- GENERATIONAL TRAUMA

Traumatic memories affect not only those who have personally experienced conflict and violence, but also future generations through what is known as intergenerational transmission of trauma.

CHILD ABUSE

The widespread use of alcohol, substances and probable history of family violence particularly amongst people of a parenting age is directly associated with child abuse and neglect., and as such is disturbingly common in South Africa.

HOMELESSNESS

The nationwide lockdown that was implemented in South Africa in response to the COVID19 pandemic, resulted in a significant number of job losses which resulted in a major increase in homelessness in South Africa.

FASD

Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder are born with a lifelong disability which affects not only their physical growth and development but also their mental ability, behaviour and social skills.

GANG VIOLENCE

Through criminalisation, young people are being caught up in the criminal justice system in huge numbers and ending up in jail where they are inducted into fierce prison gangs.

THIS IS HOW WE ARE DOING WHATEVER IT TAKES

STAND'S LIFE CHANGING WORK - SPECIAL PROJECTS & PROGRAMS

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SPECIAL PROJECTS
This project deals with women who use drugs and alcohol face increased stigmatization, vulnerability and marginalization, and are more susceptible to contracting HIV than their male counterparts. Engagements by STAND with role-players in rural areas of the Western Cape have emphasized a lack of awareness around harm reduction, gender-based violence and basic health care services amongst impoverished women in rural and remote communities.
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CLINICAL SUD, GBV & HARM REDUCTION SERVICES
STAND provides professional and ethical services in the fields of SUDs (substance use disorders), GBV (gender-based violence) and Trauma with a focus on the family system, by scientifically managing the complexities related to these problems, ultimately achieving the best intervention outcomes. STAND’s services focus on the various eco-systemic levels of society. Click to learn more below.
EDUCATION & CAPACITATION
STAND provides contemporary, evidence- and context-based education and capacitation in the fields of SUDs (substance use disorders), GBV (gender based violence) and Trauma. STAND realizes the complexities of SUDs, GBV and Trauma and therefore all our training programs focus on bringing the latest research and best practices in the field to ensure excellent and quality capacitation for those rendering services to the most vulnerable in society.
STAND COMMUNITY BASED TREAMENT
The STAND Community-Based Treatment service is the only registered, professional outpatient treatment service in the entire Langeberg Region of the Cape Winelands, which consists of the Towns of Bonnievale, Robertson, Ashton, Montagu, McGregor and the surrounding farms. The STAND CBT is an evidence based and fully mobilized SUD Treatment service specifically developed for the Rural population groups in the Western Cape.
EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY PROGRAMS
Equine (Horse)-assisted therapy is an internationally recognized intervention, known to be especially effective in helping people work through trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, behaviour regulation and coping skills. Horses have a unique ability to provide an unfiltered and instant reflection of our true self and a platform from which to rebuild trust, boundaries, and clear communication skills. THERE IS NO HORSE RIDING INVOLVED.
ADVOCACY & POLICY CHANGE
STAND is one of the few organisations on a global level that specifically addresses the situation of women in addiction and is a founding member of the WFAD GWG (Gender Working Group). An initiative that directly addresses the illicit drug use/addiction among women, GBV and its correlation with illicit drug use and access to health care, treatment, recovery services and barriers to treatment for women. Whilst advocating for women’s rights and contributing to the global drug policy debate. Our Clinical Director Devon de Koker is an appointed Board Member of the South African National CDA (Central Drug Authority).

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OUR LEADERS

Stacey originates from the Corporate world of Change Management and Organisational Redesign, she also serves on the Board of the Western Cape Street Children’s Forum is an accredited Human Rights Monitor and serves on the Executive of the Provincial Western Cape Substance Abuse Forum.

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Stacey Doorly Jones

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Stacey originates from the Corporate world where she headed large scale corporations through Change Management and Organisational Redesign projects both in her own country of South Africa and Internationally for a period of 20 years.

In 2010, Stacey and her small team pioneered the Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Programmes for High-Risk Youth in disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape South Africa and then expanded these programs to treat and support individuals struggling with substance use disorders, Caregivers and Victims of Gender-Based Violence.

Stacey has served on the Board of the Western Cape Street Children’s Forum since 2015. She is an accredited Western Cape Human Rights Monitor and serves on the Executive of the Provincial Western Cape Substance Abuse Forum in the Ministerial Department of Social Development.

Click To Read Stacey's Bio

Devon is STAND’s Clinical Director specialising in Substance Use Disorders and Addiction. Devon has recently been appointed to the Board of the National Central Drug Authority (CDA) of South Africa and is certified as an International Addictions Practitioner with the Colombo Plan in Sri Lanka.

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Devon de Koker

Clinical Director

Devon holds the position of Clinical Director within STAND and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work specialising in Substance Use Disorders and Addiction. Devon has recently been appointed to the Board of the National Central Drug Authority (CDA) of South Africa and is certified as an International Addictions Practitioner with the Colombo Plan in Sri Lanka.

He also holds a professional and advanced membership with the International Society for Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP), England and Republic of SA National Chapter.

Devon has a passion for the implementation of professional substance use disorder services to be implemented within marginalized communities, an area of service that is significantly neglected in South Africa.

Click To Read Devon's Bio

Charity is a drug policy reform advocate and works as the Parliamentary and Policy Research Officer at TB HIV Care on a National, Regional and International drug policy reform Advocacy work.

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Charity Monareng

Executive Director on the Board.

Charity Monareng is a drug policy reform advocate and a final year PhD candidate in Public Law at the University of Cape Town. She serves as the secretary on the board of the South African Network of People Who Use Drugs and Digital Girl Africa.

She has a Bachelors degree in Criminology and International Studies from Monash South Africa and an Honours degree in Social Development from the University of Cape Town.

She has done some consultancy work with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum and TB HIV Care before working as the parliamentary and policy research officer at TB HIV Care where she does national, Regional and International drug policy reform Advocacy work.

Click To Read Charity's Bio

Julie is a Trauma and Addictions Counsellor with a special focus on Women who use drugs and Harm Reduction and is the lead for Human Rights on the Western Cape Provincial Council for Aids.

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Julie Mac Donnell

Executive Director and Secretary on the Board

Julie has worked in the SUD field for over 9 years, first as an addictions and trauma counsellor in Lavendar Hill in the Cape Flats, and then joined TB HIV Care in 2013 on their Harm Reduction project.

Julie is actively involved in research, with a special focus on Women who use drugs, for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Harm Reduction International.

Julie co-ordinates the annual SA Drug Policy Week conference with Shaun Shelly and was recently appointed as the Lead for Human Rights on the Western Cape Provincial Council for Aids.

Julie also provides ongoing consulting and operational support to the South African Network of People who Use Drugs (SANPUD)

Click To Read Julie's Bio

Professor Leon lectures undergrad and postgrad social development students at UCT and is a member of the National and Provincial Accreditation Committee of the DSD, the Child Justice Alliance, the South African Violence and Safety Initiative and various other professional bodies.

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Prof. Leon Holtzhausen

Executive Director on the Board

PhD with specialization in Criminal Justice, Master of Social Work in Community Development, B.A. (Social Work) with specialization in Criminal Justice.

After graduating, Prof Holtzhausen practiced clinical social work in a Super Maximum Prison for more than six years, where he specialized in offender profiling, assessment and mental health treatment of male adult juvenile offenders and their families.

After being promoted to the position of Deputy Director Research (NDCS), he took up the position of Assistant Professorship in the Dept. of Social Work at the United Arab Emirates University.

On his return to SA, Professor Leon now teaches both undergrad and postgrad social development students at UCT and is a member of the National and Provincial Accreditation Committee of the DSD, the Child Justice Alliance, the South African Violence and Safety Initiative, the Social Services Profession Advocacy Network and various other professional bodies.

Click To Read Prof. Leon's Bio

Served as a Trustee of the Western Cape Board of the Governing Body Foundation for 6 years and has worked in the Long-term Insurance Sector for over 21 years. Theresa has a strong passion for education and specifically for the girl child.

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Theresa Van Niekerk

Executive Director and Treasurer on the Board

Theresa holds the position of Treasurer on the STAND Board and has worked in the Long-term Insurance Sector for over 21 years.

She served as a Trustee of the Western Cape Board of the Governing Body Foundation for 6 years and has served on the School Governing body for 11 years; 8 of them as the Chairperson.

Theresa has a clear passion for education and specifically working closely with the girl child in area of the dangers of social media, self-worth and self-respect.

Click To Read Thresa's Bio

Elma is an admitted and practicing Attorney and legal practitioner with specialization on structuring bespoke personal, business and trust continuity planning for affluent business owners.

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Elizabeth Nieuwoudt

Executive Director and Chairman on the STAND Board

She holds a B.A. LL.B. (University Stellenbosch), as well as a post-graduate diploma in Financial Planning (University Free State), is an admitted CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) with the Financial Planning Institute of South Africa and is an admitted and practising attorney (1999, Cape Town) and legal practitioner.

Elma is the Founding director of FinLego – a specialist legal advising company with its focus on structuring bespoke personal, business and trust continuity planning for affluent business owners.

Click To Read Elizabeth's Bio

Stacey originates from the Corporate world of Change Management and Organisational Redesign, she also serves on the Board of the Western Cape Street Children’s Forum is an accredited Human Rights Monitor and serves on the Executive of the Provincial Western Cape Substance Abuse Forum.

Stacey-Doorly-Jones-Stand.jpg

Stacey Doorly Jones

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Stacey originates from the Corporate world where she headed large scale corporations through Change Management and Organisational Redesign projects both in her own country of South Africa and Internationally for a period of 20 years.

In 2010, Stacey and her small team pioneered the Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Programmes for High-Risk Youth in disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape South Africa and then expanded these programs to treat and support individuals struggling with substance use disorders, Caregivers and Victims of Gender-Based Violence.

Stacey has served on the Board of the Western Cape Street Children’s Forum since 2015. She is an accredited Western Cape Human Rights Monitor and serves on the Executive of the Provincial Western Cape Substance Abuse Forum in the Ministerial Department of Social Development.

Click To Read Stacey's Bio

Devon is STAND’s Clinical Director specialising in Substance Use Disorders and Addiction. Devon has recently been appointed to the Board of the National Central Drug Authority (CDA) of South Africa and is certified as an International Addictions Practitioner with the Colombo Plan in Sri Lanka.

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Devon de Koker

Clinical Director

Devon holds the position of Clinical Director within STAND and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work specialising in Substance Use Disorders and Addiction. Devon has recently been appointed to the Board of the National Central Drug Authority (CDA) of South Africa and is certified as an International Addictions Practitioner with the Colombo Plan in Sri Lanka.

He also holds a professional and advanced membership with the International Society for Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP), England and Republic of SA National Chapter.

Devon has a passion for the implementation of professional substance use disorder services to be implemented within marginalized communities, an area of service that is significantly neglected in South Africa.

Click To Read Devon's Bio

Charity is a drug policy reform advocate and works as the Parliamentary and Policy Research Officer at TB HIV Care on a National, Regional and International drug policy reform Advocacy work.

Charity-Monareng-Stand.jpg

Charity Monareng

Executive Director on the Board.

Charity Monareng is a drug policy reform advocate and a final year PhD candidate in Public Law at the University of Cape Town. She serves as the secretary on the board of the South African Network of People Who Use Drugs and Digital Girl Africa.

She has a Bachelors degree in Criminology and International Studies from Monash South Africa and an Honours degree in Social Development from the University of Cape Town.

She has done some consultancy work with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum and TB HIV Care before working as the parliamentary and policy research officer at TB HIV Care where she does national, Regional and International drug policy reform Advocacy work.

Click To Read Charity's Bio

Julie is a Trauma and Addictions Counsellor with a special focus on Women who use drugs and Harm Reduction and is the lead for Human Rights on the Western Cape Provincial Council for Aids.

Julie-Mac-Donnell-Stand.jpg

Julie Mac Donnell

Executive Director and Secretary on the Board

Julie has worked in the SUD field for over 9 years, first as an addictions and trauma counsellor in Lavendar Hill in the Cape Flats, and then joined TB HIV Care in 2013 on their Harm Reduction project.

Julie is actively involved in research, with a special focus on Women who use drugs, for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Harm Reduction International.

Julie co-ordinates the annual SA Drug Policy Week conference with Shaun Shelly and was recently appointed as the Lead for Human Rights on the Western Cape Provincial Council for Aids.

Julie also provides ongoing consulting and operational support to the South African Network of People who Use Drugs (SANPUD)

Click To Read Julie's Bio

Professor Leon lectures undergrad and postgrad social development students at UCT and is a member of the National and Provincial Accreditation Committee of the DSD, the Child Justice Alliance, the South African Violence and Safety Initiative and various other professional bodies.

Leon-Holtzhausen.jpg

Prof. Leon Holtzhausen

Executive Director on the Board

PhD with specialization in Criminal Justice, Master of Social Work in Community Development, B.A. (Social Work) with specialization in Criminal Justice.

After graduating, Prof Holtzhausen practiced clinical social work in a Super Maximum Prison for more than six years, where he specialized in offender profiling, assessment and mental health treatment of male adult juvenile offenders and their families.

After being promoted to the position of Deputy Director Research (NDCS), he took up the position of Assistant Professorship in the Dept. of Social Work at the United Arab Emirates University.

On his return to SA, Professor Leon now teaches both undergrad and postgrad social development students at UCT and is a member of the National and Provincial Accreditation Committee of the DSD, the Child Justice Alliance, the South African Violence and Safety Initiative, the Social Services Profession Advocacy Network and various other professional bodies.

Click To Read Prof. Leon's Bio

Served as a Trustee of the Western Cape Board of the Governing Body Foundation for 6 years and has worked in the Long-term Insurance Sector for over 21 years. Theresa has a strong passion for education and specifically for the girl child.

Theresa-Van-Niekerk-Stand.jpg

Theresa Van Niekerk

Executive Director and Treasurer on the Board

Theresa holds the position of Treasurer on the STAND Board and has worked in the Long-term Insurance Sector for over 21 years.

She served as a Trustee of the Western Cape Board of the Governing Body Foundation for 6 years and has served on the School Governing body for 11 years; 8 of them as the Chairperson.

Theresa has a clear passion for education and specifically working closely with the girl child in area of the dangers of social media, self-worth and self-respect.

Click To Read Thresa's Bio

Elma is an admitted and practicing Attorney and legal practitioner with specialization on structuring bespoke personal, business and trust continuity planning for affluent business owners.

Elizabeth-Nieuwoudt-Stand.jpg

Elizabeth Nieuwoudt

Executive Director and Chairman on the STAND Board

She holds a B.A. LL.B. (University Stellenbosch), as well as a post-graduate diploma in Financial Planning (University Free State), is an admitted CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) with the Financial Planning Institute of South Africa and is an admitted and practising attorney (1999, Cape Town) and legal practitioner.

Elma is the Founding director of FinLego – a specialist legal advising company with its focus on structuring bespoke personal, business and trust continuity planning for affluent business owners.

Click To Read Elizabeth's Bio

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