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Stop Domestic Violence! No One Deserves to be Abused.
★What is Domestic Violence?
DV is abusive or violent behavior that occurs between partners in a marriage or intimate relationship.
hitting, kicking, pushing, choking, burning, use of a knife, cigarettes or boiling water, etc. or otherwise causing body pain or injury
Mental(verbal / emotional)
yelling, name-calling, cursing, threats of physical violence, checking or limiting communication with friends or family, disregard for what partner does
non-consensual sexual activity, denial of contraception, forcing abortion or showing by force pornographic magazines and videos<
Domestic violence is a crime and is violation of human rights. In most cases it is committed by husbands against wives and it could be said DV is Violence against Women.
★What is Kakekomi Aichi?
Kakekomi Women’s Center Aichi is a non-profit, non-government and multi-cultural organization dedicated to the elimination of domestic violence. It is based in Nagoya and serves other cities and towns in Aichi and surrounding prefectures. It was organized in 1996 by a group of women who joined the NGO Forum on Women in Beijing, China in 1995, and were inspired by the fact that many women worldwide were fighting against domestic violence. We set up a non-public shelter as the very first one in the area for DV survivors and their children to use for a while and ease their body and mind.
- To support women suffering from violence by their partner in intimate relationships.
- To encourage women to help themselves reorganize their own lives.
- To build relationships that support women one another equally.
- To establish a society without violence against women.
☆Services and Projects Provided by Kakekomi Aichi include:
- Emergency Shelter for Women and Children from any cultural background
- Weekly DV Hotline
- Information and Referral
- Clothing and Household Goods
- Community Outreach: Seminars, Workshops, Newsletters
- Advocacy in networking with other NGO’s and NPO’s fighting against DV
It is small space only for one group of people such as a woman and her child/ren at a time and is available to use for a charge of 1500 yen a day per adult person, 500 yen per child of school age and free of charge for preschoolers. Rice, seasonings and donated food from Second Harvest Nagoya and other organizations are free to use. Those who are unable to afford the charge are requested to consult us beforehand.
|Mailing address:||C/O Nagoya Otsumachi Post Office Naka-ku, Nagoya, Japan 〒460-0002|
|Hours:||10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday|
For safety of DV survivors and their supporters, venue of the emergency shelter and the office of Kakekomi Aichi is strictly confidential.
★For Foreign Residents
You can contact us by 090-3959-5285 (mobile phone) for women migrants consultation regarding DV and other related problems. Basic hours for the consultation are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Your first call will be answered in Japanese and English only but upon request, other languages such as Filipino, Spanish and Thai translators will be provided.
Outreach program for women migrants is also available every Friday afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00. It is a free in person consultation service. Some native Filipino language speakers are there to listen to problems of Filipinas. We can provide you with not just information but also many kinds of support such as attending you when you go to public offices, hospitals and the immigration bureau. The venue is in the center of downtown Nagoya. Please ask for further information on the phone when you make an appointment.
If you are alone in your community, just give us a call. There is a newly started SEWMi (Sisterhood of Empowered Women Migrants) project for migrant women. Many of them are single mothers. It offers you once a month a time to get together, cook, eat, chat and many more. For more info contact us at 090-3959-5285.
★Become A Member and Support Us!
Kakekomi Aichi is run mainly by donations and membership fees from support members.
Annual Membership Fee: 5,000 Yen or more
Yubin Furikomi Account (郵便振込) No. 00820-3-90608
Name (加入者名) Kakekomi Women’s Center Aichi (かけこみ女性センターあいち)
Any amount of donation is always welcome
We need hands! Be a member of Kakekomi Aichi and work together with us for well-being of DV survivors, especially of those with foreign nationalities.
★ FAQ from Japanese Spouse Visa Holders
○ What will happen to my visa if I get a divorce or separation from my spouse?
● Your visa can be extended, if you don’t divorce and keep trying to restore your life with your spouse.
○ When divorced or separated, what should I do if I wish to stay on in Japan?
● You can change your resident status as spouse of a Japanese to long term resident if you have custody of your children and raise them. The children have to be, however, Japanese nationals or their father a Japanese.
○ I have no children with my husband. Will I be able to continue to stay in Japan after divorce from my husband?
● A long-term resident visa may be granted depending on the length and condition of your married life with your Japanese husband.
○ I have been overstaying for many years but recently married a Japanese man. Will I be able to get a visa?
● In case of overstaying, if you marry a Japanese or have a child by a Japanese, you may get a special permission for staying and a spouse visa or a long-term resident visa may be granted.