The Haenertsburg SAPS is situated in remote farms, that is unique, natural, and characterised by environmental forests, commercial plantations and farms.
The project started in 2010 after realising and considering the prevalence of domestic violence related cases around the farms and the four villages within policing Haenertsburg area. The local community is predominantly illiterate, poor and unemployed. Most of them do frequent the Station for assistance when applying social grants, food parcels and old age pension grants. Although these issues are not directly police responsibilities the Station management deemed it necessary to built a Victim Empowerment Centre wherein social workers and volunteers will be working together with SAPS concerning counselling of victims of rape, assaults and domestic violence. This was also considered an opportunity for vulnerable people to be assisted in the process by the very social workers concerning other social issues that include social grants and food parcels through the centre.
Before the initiative victims and complainants travelled to Tzaneen which is 40km eastwards of Haenertsburg to seek a social worker assistance and to Polokwane and Mankweng which are 70km and 90 westwards of Haenertsburg. This was actually a challenge for the community to access the needed services from Social Development as it was far from their residential places and with scarce transport. Women found themselves in a most frustrating situation.