Therapy for De-Violence
JAFAREC (Japan Family Rebirth Center,) since its foundation in 2003 to the present day, has adopted Men’s therapy, originating from pro-feminist men’s movement, into the composite support for all of its clients, suffering from domestic violence, abuse, self-harm, “hikikomori” (acute social withdrawal), and other family/relationship issues, irrespective of their age or status: adults, children, gender, offender or victim. The composite support structure includes face-to-face counselling, group sessions, as well as offering shelters and protection, supporting visitations, cooking therapy, camping, and a range of other activities.
Especially in relationships involving violence and sexual problems, we provide comprehensive assistance centered on counseling to avoid conflicts and aim for a restorative approach, including divorce. In the video below, Michiaki ‘Mich’ Ajisawa, the representative of JAFAREC, discusses the effectiveness of divorce as a measure to domestic violence and what the real solution to end the violence (*English subtitle is available).
Ten-Sho-An is the multipurpose family support facility aims to expand the range of support and rehabilitation that JAFAREC offers to all its clients involved in domestic violence and abuse. We have a diverse range of activities such as training camp, farming, gardening, and animal therapy. Combined with the offering of familial functions such as meal-time gathering, our therapy and support system aims for the true recovery of our clients, enabling them: to better understand their emotion and surrounding situation; to change their behavior accordingly; to restore their own rich and open life by themselves.
Majority of counseling methods have attributed the causes of domestic abuse and other life issues to the problems of individuals concerned. Men’s therapy, as proposed by Michiaki Ajisawa, the representative of JAFAREC, practices support and counseling of clients focusing on the viewpoint of clients themselves, attributing the causes to the social problems arising from wide-spread power control structure, taking into account the current state of Japanese society. Thus, the theory behind the therapy is based on the assumption that every client, who are part of the society, can have the attribute of both victim and offender (and hence abandons such labeling), which allows facilitators to fully sympathize with the clients, enabling them to see the meaning behind every experience and positive aspects of life events.
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