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How the Gender Equality Center supports the victims of DV/ trafficking. Coordination for the provision of assistance and consultation services. Objectives and Functions of gender equality centers. They are the public facilities founded and funded by the local governments.
the provision of assistance and consultation services
They are the public facilities founded and funded by the local governments.
There are 326 centers in Japan (2009)
To contribute to realize the gender-equal society, through conducting gender–related educational programs for the public, and providing various services for the empowerment of women
The building on the outside
The building on the outside
The Act on the Prevention of Spousal Violence and the Protection of Victims 2001
SV centers(180 locations in 2008)
Women’s consulting offices
labour and Welfare
Gender equality centers
the Cabinet Office
-equal Society 1999
The number of lines
for women 30(daytime)/10(night), for men 2
for crisis counseling 2, for foreigners 1 (12-hour hotline)
Total calls 61,328
The number of consultations
women 18,454 (75.6%), men 1,824 (8.9%)
crisis 2,216 (10.8%), foreigners 978 (4.8%)
The results of the consultations for foreigners
The Contents of the consultations
DV cases 307, others 572 (discriminations, human rights, children’s education, legal procedures, visa, human relations, etc.)
Sexual violence 18, traffickings 3, sexual harassment 2, stalking 2
Thai 213, Tagalog 143, Chinese 80, English 69, Spanish 19, Korean 10
--they are still invisible in our society
--when the police find them, they are sent to the temporary protection facilities (women’s consulting offices)
--they would rather go to NGO support groups
--those who came to Japan as entertainers, then got married to (or cohabited with) Japanese men
--those who came as a bride through mediators of both countries
--provide multi-language service (multi-language information cards, hotlines, trained interpreters)
Victims of DV and trafficking have so much common in terms of the provision of consultations and assistance
Center’s role is to coordinate these groups and individuals ercenternteccr
Some of the achievements
for a better and easier collaboration
for the safety and the alleviation of stress of the victims
to ensure the provision of the best possible assistance at each division
for fund-raising of the shelter and the provision of a place for the empowerment of the victims
for a better and safer community
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
--regular, formal conferences and opportunities of trainings of all the related organizations and agencies
--provision of more opportunities for various trainings and supervisions of counselors
--regular visits of the counselors to each related organizations
--small-sized meetings with a particular organization
so that each counselor can coordinate all the available social resources well and cooperate with the most appropriate person of the most appropriate organization in the most appropriate way
For that purpose, we provide various programs for their empowerment …… one example is bodywork
by experiencing the relaxation of the body and opening the mind
by experiencing the new body movements and becoming free from the accumulated memories of fear and pain
Let’s all try some breathing and posture exercises
●Ms. A has been physically abused by her husband. She has taken a refuge at her Philipina friend’s house. Ms. A consulted with the police and the police referred her to the center’s counseling room.
●Ms. A’s Philipina friend accompanied her to the center as an interpreter and a supporter.
●Ms. A is in her 30s and comes from the Philippines. She came to Japan as an entertainer seven years ago. At that time, her travel arrangements has been made by a broker. When she was working at a bar, she met a Japanese man and married him.
●Ms. A lives in a family of 5 which includes her husband who works in a major manufacturing factory, a boy, a girl and her husband’s younger brother who works as a part-time worker. Since the boy has a heart disease and mental disability, Ms. A stayed at home to take care of her children and concentrate on the house work.
●Ms. A and her husband have been quarreling about the behavior of her husband’s younger brother. The younger brother often brought his friends back home late at night and made a loud noise which disturbed the children and the neighbors.
●On the following day after another disturbing night, Ms. A begged her husband to talk to the younger brother to change his behavior. But the husband ignored her plea and never said anything to him. Instead he started beating her. When Ms. A tried to resist, the husband kicked her thighs very hard with his knees repeatedly.
●Ms. A did not want to leave the city where she was living, since the special school for children with disability where her son went to was located there. Therefore, the Center’s assistance would be based on this request.
●The first step was to secure the safe environment to study for her children, since it was likely that the husband will come looking for them in the school to find out where they escaped to. The Center provided information on the available assistance and upon request, the staff accompanied the client.
A:Securing client’s safety at all times
B:Continuous assistance for rebuilding life
C: Assistance for the client’s and children’s physical and mental rehabilitation
D:Assistance for divorce procedure
1Seek police intervention – Police station
2Apply for Protection order – 6 months restraining order etc
／Provincial court, police station
3Relocation to a safe place/shelter
／Women’s consulting Office, NGO shelter
4 Prevent pursuit from the perpetrator, Keep strict confidentiality about residential information and client’s private information
／Coordinate with relevant divisions within the City Hall e.g. Residential division, Protection division, Family and children affairs Division, Public health care division, Board of Education, etc
1Assistance on securing accommodation – public housing, private accommodation, social welfare facilities etc
／ Residential division, Family and children affairs division
2Securing living expenses/ access to welfare funds – utilisation of welfare funds, application for benefit allowances
／Life protection division
3Assistance for medical treatments – issuance of medical certificates, provide information on appropriate medical agencies
／Public health care division, Medical and pension division
4Assistance for school transfers – to prevent pursuit from the perpetrator
／Board of Education
5Arrangements for child-care facilities
／Gender equality center
1Encourage exhibition of emotion
2Encourage acceptance of one’s self (emotion, sense, decision, choice etc)
3Respect self determination
5Provide information on appropriate medical agencies
6 Provide information on appropriate self-help groups and children’s program
／Gender equality center
1Organise client’s claims
2Provision of information on lawyers
3Provision of information on the process, necessary documents, estimate costs etc
4Assistance for preparing necessary documents, accompany the client to court hearings/ lawyer’s office, police station etc
strength based support→ the client is the person who survived the difficult circumstances and decided to take action to change her life to a better one