SAW provides first line response to individuals who have experienced GBV. The project provides services to extricate the survivors from violent situations and helps them to become independent and begin new life free of violence. SAW’s GBV project has targeted vulnerable women and girls who are former prostitutes, trafficked women, survivors of sexual abuse, terminated factory workers, pregnant women who are vulnerable, and individuals living on the Thai-Burma border who face other serious violence related hardships. The project identifies people in need of help through SAW’s other community outreach activities (women talk, call centre and the health awareness project) and by responding to those who get in contact seeking help and rescue from violent situations (men included). In some cases, community members’ contact SAW to report the case of a victim, in which case the project reaches out directly.
SAW provides a range of holistic services to the survivors including covering basic needs (food, shelter, medical care), psychosocial support (individual and group counselling), vocational training to empower men and women with skills they can use to earn incomes either through setting up their own businesses or being supported to find jobs in local industries. The rehabilitation project also offers formal education in SAW’s school to minors. Finally, for those who are separated from their families unwillingly, SAW offers the possibility of reunification with their family either in Burma or in other parts of Thailand, following an assessment of their family’s situation and assurances of a safe return. Through these interventions, SAW’s GBV project provides an essential response to a vulnerable group of migrants.