In Mae Sot, a province on the border between Myanmar and Thailand, limited counseling services are available that meet the needs of victims and survivors of domestic violence. Freedom Restoration Project provides a non-residential center to meet this need. It’s a safe space for anyone who is a survivor of domestic violence and exploitation to seek refuge and obtain the much-needed rest to heal from trauma(s) and break a perpetuating cycle of violence.
Freedom Restoration Project (FRP) is a place where education on domestic violence is freely provided and information & referrals to community resources are shared. Groups and individual counseling is offered. Peer support groups are able to organize themselves at the center.
At FRP, survivors walk through safety plans and are given training on positive parenting. Their children are given access to much-needed educational and psychosocial recreational activities particularly tailored for them as direct survivors and/or witnesses of domestic violence.
To enhance learning on a safety plan, the Thaiconsent Exchange Designer Team supported by FRIDA Young Feminist Fund has begun a partnership project with FRP.
This project aims to:
- – Introduce options to leave or prevent domestic violence in the community.
- – Create awareness to prevent domestic violence on a local scale.
- – Communicate the issues that migrant women face on the public scale.
As well as providing the four dimensions of support that women need, Freedom Restoration Project is also run by 2 social workers. This means that it’s open to alternative tools and activities that could bring more positive experiences to its user aside from the standard verbal-only process. Then, we commit to exploring how visual-based design could create a different result, in terms of internal learning and public recognition.
- Four days of camp at the Selah Center. We aim to have 6-8 Thaiconsent communicators to visit the center each time.
- After the camp, the Thaiconsent communicators shall communicate their experience and perspective via creative expression, writing/comics/video/etc.
- Then we will communicate how Thaiconsent can support the Freedom Restoration Project in a more structural way, such as providing education kits/a new website/products for further fundraising, etc. The decision will be made together via up to 4 webinars and remote work.
- The Thaiconsent team will come back to the Selah Center for four days to make the plan a reality. We’re thinking about making it in the “Hackathon” way which the users will participate and give comment to design prototypes.
- Then, the Thaiconsent team’s output will be evaluated by the Freedom Restoration Project team. They will provide feedback on how well it works and how we can improve it.
- The reflection and conclusion of this project shall be published in Thaiconsent.in.th and Consentconnection.org in Thai and English.
The design inspired from the definition of “Freedom” and “Restoration”. With the Corporate Identity guideline, the organization then could make itself more vivid in the public sphere.
The Exploration Kit contains a mapping tool that allows domestic violence survivors to explore and plan their possible options when violence happens.
The tool is composed of four types of questions: Who, Where, What, and How. It’s run by the facilitator, who asks the question as written on the instruction card then lets the user pick the answer card and explain their answer and the reasons behind it. This helps survivors to be able to see the big picture of the options they have and to share their experiences with other survivors.
Our Story Telling Cards were inspired by the challenge that social workers faced when long-term consulting cases felt stuck in their trauma and not confident to imagine the greater possibility. The storytelling method lets the user imagine the solution for a set of fictional situations.
The facilitator will read the story that was written on the card, ask if they were the character, what are their feelings, and what to do next. As a result, the user tends to be more confident in imagining a positive outcome and could adapt the learning of their perspective toward their real-life context.
The Organization Game is a role-playing game that lets the player (mostly urban people) create a support roadmap for a case based on a real-life stories. For example, when a woman has been physically abused by her husband and comes to ask for help, the player might refer her to the police station. However, if they then found out that the woman has no work permit, what should they do?
This activity aims to create awareness of the difficulties migrant women face during domestic violence. It targets urban people that could be potential supporters for social causes.
Apichaya Pitakmongkol – Exploration Kit
Aroonrat Tangtipakorn – Storytelling Card
Poompat Watanasirikul – Corporate Identity
Ratchanon Wanichsombat – Organization Game
Sureepohn Kamsub – Storytelling Card Illustration
Freedom Restoration Project Staffs
Hser Thee Paw
Social Aspect Consultant