The need for Victim Support Units (VSU's) was recognized nationally in 1996 and there summarily put in place through the National Crime Prevention Strategy with help from Business Against Crime.
The thinking behind the formation of VSU's was that the absence of aid and empowerment plays an important role in the cyclical nature of crime and violence ie that victims are often re-victimized by ignorant and insensitive service providers in the criminal justice service.
Given that the Police are often the first to come into contact with victims of crime and violence, their interaction with victims is therefore crucial and can affect the way victims cope with re-victimization and how they recover.
Hoedspruit Victim Support Unit (VSU) has been in existence since 2008 and works closely with Hoedspruit SAPS and with Hoedspuit Farmwatch to assist all victims of traumatic experiences within the region. VSU deals with the first 72 hours after an incident imparting something known as Emotional Diffusion, which assists a Victim in re-framing the traumatic experience from the outset,
In response to criminal activities, VSU plays a very important role in assisting traumatised victims to calm down and help recall important details about the perpetrators and the incident that can be used by SAPS and Farmwatch in idetnifying and catching the perpetrators thereafter.
VSU also plays an important role in motor vehicle accidents, specifically where there are stranded tourists or visitors to the region.
Hoedspruit was the Limpopo winner of the Kwela/ Rapport town of the Year 2012 Competition and a finalist in 2015
The town of Hoedspruit is situated right on the border between Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces
Hoespruit is home to the original private game reserve areas and is still considered to be the iconic conservation area
Mariepskop has almost as manyfynbos speciesas many of the areas in the Cape
Hoedspruit is home to the largest privately owned conservation area in the world
The small town of Hoedspruit is situated in the heart of the UNESCO registeredKruger to Canyons Biosphere Region(registered with UNESCO in 2001)
Hoedspruit is an Afrikaans word meaning “Hat Creek” or “Hat Stream”
The Blyde River Canyon is considered the Greenest Canyon in the world. The majority of other canyons are situated in desert areas.
Mariepskop is home to an endemic gecko - the Mariepskop Flat Gecko - it is found nowhere else in the world
Hoedspruit is one of the major agricultural producers in the country
Hoedspruit is situated at the foot of the Blyde River Canyon - the 3rd largest canyon in the world