Practitioner – Julie Vivier

My motivation to join SaferSpaces:

The Julie Muir Vivier Anti-Abuse and Empowerment Trust is a registered Trust with the South African High Court (IT001433/2016 (D)) and registered NPO 184-686 with public benefit applications underway from the South African Revenue Services (SARS).

The focus of the Trust is towards the reduction of abuse across all population groups, regardless of gender, age and sexual orientation, using mass media (films, books, PSAs) and public speaking by an abuse survivor to encourage and support victims and survivors of abuse, including driving public awareness to the issue. Survivor voices is an area that is sorely lacking in the SADC region yet probably one of the most successful interventions in addressing elements of abuse.

A rehabilitation model for abuse has also been developed and is used in collaboration with existing NPOs in South Africa and internationally to assist with the holistic and effective healing of victims. Within the process, a referral network of service providers is used to victims, assist where necessary, to seek the required care from medical assistance to psychosocial intervention. 

Julie is currently the Director of NPO Strategic Consulting (PTY) Ltd - a consultancy which undertakes various strategic advisory and turn-around services to local and international NPOs. Clients have included Oxfam Australia and America (and several of their programme partners in programmatic themes of the arts, health, LGBTI, ECD, HIV and AIDS, OVCs and child protection, advocacy and income development), Xhobani, Joburg Child Welfare, Heart to Heart, Careerlinx, Mzansi Arts Development Ensemble, among others.

In addition, Julie is CEO of the Julie Muir Vivier Anti-Abuse and Empowerment Trust, a survivor-led human rights advocacy organisation supported by Bowman Gilfillian and operating at a national and international level. She has held several roles within the NPO (regional, national and international) sector mainly as head of fundraising and marketing, with roles varying from the development of governance, development, fundraising strategies and departmental formation (Oxfam South Africa) to securing organisational income in all possible funding streams and sustainability. She has lead a NPO as both a Centre and Fundraising Manager.

Prior to entering the NGO sector, Julie undertook the role of Communications Manager for the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship, following nine years at Liberty Life and  six years at SABMiller as Group Social Officer, implementing global corporate citizenship in the company's operating divisions. This role on behalf of SABMiller encompassed global corporate citizenship, corporate social investment and responsibility, and triple bottom line accounting. In addition, Julie was a member of the JSE Control Group for the  development of the Social Responsibility Index, co-authored Sustainability Reporting – Highlighting South African Examples (ISBN 0-620-33964-0(2005), represented SABMiller at the World Summit for Sustainable Development and provided technical development support for UNISA's Centre For Corporate Citizenship. She has worked in several communities across South Africa and countries around the world.

Under the work of the Trust, she has published her first novel in the US during November 2014 themed around 20 years of gender violence and abuse (Hidden Beneath It All ISBN-10: 1482804328 ISBN-13: 978- 1482804324), which has been optioned for film rights and is currently in development.

I'm working in these sectors:

Civil society organisations, Consultancy / Service provider, NGOs/CBOs

I'm specialising in these topics:

Bullying, Children, Domestic violence / Intimate partner violence, Gender-based violence, Victim support

Expertise

  • Understanding of impact on economic development
  • Fundraising
  • Community Liaison
  • Public Speaking 

Training

  • Children's Act
  • 20 years experience first hand in physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse
  • economic and social impact