Taiwan Experience Sharing Program 2022 for ANWS members

Asian Network of Women’s Shelters is a network aims to provide a platform to promote cross-learning between countries and regions, so capacity building is promoted at all levels to enhance effective management-skills and delivery of services in shelters.

Taiwan Experience Sharing Program 2022 is initiated by the Garden of Hope Foundation in Taiwan to echo the objective. Through cross-learning members can all learn best practices from each other and acknowledge how culture may bring subtle changes to the delivery of services in a shelter in different countries through cross-learning.

Sharing Program Calendar

19 October, 2022 @ 14:00 ~ 17:00 p.m. Taipei time, click here for your local time.

Understanding various forms of non-physical abuse in intimate relationships and studying the knowledge and modes of assisting victims of non-physical abuse and their families. Both Yu-Hua and Yu-Ju have almost 20 years of experience in social work, hear their sharing on Subjects of Non-physical Abuse in Intimate Relationship.


25 October, 2022 @ 14:00 ~ 17:00 p.m. Taipei time, click here for your local time.

Assisting social workers to understand the perpetrator, and learning about the methods and skills of practical work service. The sharing is by Ann from Shiuh-Li, the NGO has been focusing on perpetrator treatment for years.


01 November, 2022 @ 14:00 ~ 17:00 p.m. Taipei time, click here for your local time.

Understanding individual cases of intrafamilial sexual assault in family systems and physical/psychological reactions of victims of intrafamilial sexual assault; sharing of provided family interventions and treatments upon victims of intrafamilial sexual assault. Join and learn from Yu-Chia and Chia-Wen.


Register and mark your calendar. We look forward to seeing you online, and share and learn from each other.

Thank you all for being part of the 2022 ANWS Annual Conference

On the 2nd of September, the ANWS co-hosted the 2022 ANWS Annual Conference: Resilience: A Path Leading Women Towards Trauma Recovery with the Garden of Hope Foundation (GOH) in Taiwan addressing the theme of Relationship Repair and Resiliency. Together we would like to thank you all, including staff and everyone behind the scenes, for being part of the 2022 ANWS Annual Conference. This event would not be so successful without your participation.

In this event we were enlightened of insightful words from invited speakers joining us online from Asia, Europe, and the U.S. It was our great pleasure to have Ms. Bandana Rana, the UN CEDAW member, and the Honorable Dr. Hilda Heine, Senator of the Republic of the Marshall Islands giving us inspirational remarks. Their words of wisdom have helped show us direction and guidance towards a path of helping gendered-based violence victims on trauma recovery.

“Resilience is considered a positive personality characteristic that enhances individual adaptation. Resilience is a keyword in the world of abused family members and serves as a foundation for recovery for women facing trauma situations” as the Honorable Dr. Hilda Heine gave us during the conference. We look forward to see victims no longer be a victim but a survivor with the help of their inner strength: resiliency. Relationships may be repaired and managed for a better cause.

2022 ANWS Annual Conference Speakers Introduction

Kripa Acharya

Psychosocial Counselor @Saathi, Nepal

Education – Master, Counseling Psychology Program of Central Department, Tribhuwan University Experiences – Co-Founder – Youth Connection Center; Lecturer – K and K international College; Psycho Social Counselor – Armed Police Force School; Psychosocial Counselor – Saathi; Life Skill Education Trainer – White House World School Bio – Kripa’s focus of work and research is on Relationships, Trauma, Gender based violence, and Child and Adolescent Counseling. Her experience of working directly in the mental health sector is about 5 years. She works with the vision of creating a society with adaptation of holistic healing. She has been working with Saathi since 2019.

Anne Westcott


Trained at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, with over 30 years of mental health experience, Anne continues to support children, adolescents, adults, caregivers, and mental health providers who have experienced or seek to help others heal from the impact of trauma and attachment disturbance. Anne formed SMARTMoves, a partnership with Dr. Liz Warner, Heather Finn and Alexandra Cook, to continue their collaborative efforts to research and training SMART a child centered full body treatment for traumatized children. Anne is certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, trains around the U.S. for Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and supports the Institute with curriculum development.

Yu-Hua LEE

Director of Linkou Service Center @The Garden of Hope Foundation (GOH)

Experience – Director General at Social Work Counselling Office, GOH – Director at New Taipei Branch Office, GOH – New Taipei City Government Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Committee Advisor – New Taipei City Government Children and Adolescents Welfare Policy Committee Advisor

Yu-Hsin CHEN

Therapist at Linkou Service Center @The Garden of Hope Foundation (GOH)

Experience – Therapist at HOLDING SELF Counseling Center – Therapist at Community Counseling Center, National Pingtung University – Gender Advocacy Specialist at Tainan Branch Office, GOH – Council Member at Taiwan Adolescent Association on Sexualities

Hanh Thi TO

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Advisor @Hagar International in Vietnam

Hanh Thi To has a Master in Psychology from the Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities. She has worked as a psychologist for 15 years, and today is Hagar International in Vietnam’s Trauma-Informed Care advisor. With extensive experience responding to the needs of survivors violence and abuse to receive support and access to quality services, Hanh is a leader in the field of trauma-informed care in Vietnam. She is passionate about building the knowledge, skills, capacity and commitment of frontline responders, social workers, community caregivers, to provide individuals, families and communities to take a trauma-informed approach. From 2018 to 2022, she led Trauma-Informed Care training for hudreds staffs from many agencies and presented at Asia conference on trafficking.

Dr. Bandy Lee

President @World Mental Health Coalition

Dr. Bandy Lee is a medical doctor, a forensic psychiatrist, and a world expert on violence who taught at Yale School of Medicine and Law School for 17 years before transferring recently to Columbia and Harvard. She is currently president of the World Mental Health Coalition. She served as Director of Research for the Center for the Study of Violence (Harvard, N.Y.U., Yale, etc.), co-founded Yale’s Violence and Health Study Group, and has led a project for the WHO’s Violence Prevention Alliance, help implement and support research in low- and middle-income countries. She authored the textbook “Violence: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Causes, Consequences, and Cures” and published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. The Coalition is an educational organization that assembles experts for the betterment of public mental health and public safety. Her current goals aim at educating the public on mental health matters so as to empower it through knowledge and enlightenment.

Tsai-Jung KUO

Deputy Director-General of Department of Protective Services @Ministry of Health and Welfare

Experiences 2013~Present Department of Protective Services, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan 2001~2013 Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Committee, Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan 1997~2001 Department of Social Welfare, Taipei City Government, Taiwan

Shahrany Hassan

Chairperson @Casa Raudha Singapore

Shahrany Hassan is the Chairperson for Casa Raudha, an organisation that helps victims of domestic violence and is involved with the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s Alliance For Action to strengthen marriages and family relationships. Shahrany’s impactful work has earned mentions in Parliament and been featured numerous times in the media. She spent more than two decades in the corporate and government sectors where she gained extensive experience in general management with a special focus on strategic planning and execution. She is the Founder and Director of The Whitehatters; a NGO focused on community development and responsible advocacy and activism, and was recently appointed a member to the Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle Refresh Workgroup “to develop recommendations to strengthen the IRRC’s capabilities, increase diversity among IRCC members, and to build more cohesive networks within the community”, under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

Aster Isa Hendriks

Social Worker @Orange House

Born in the Netherlands and my mother raised my big brother and me on her own, because my father has a mental illness. Through my whole live it was important to learn to be independent as a woman and to stand up and take good care of myself. In 2018 I graduated as a Social Worker and started work as a Youth worker. The youth where between 12 and 24 years old who: had a change to drop out from school, going into the direction to criminal activities, and/or having trouble at home with there parents. I worked with the youth and the important persons around the youth (such as their parents, friends, school, police). While working as a Youth Worker I always focused on the safety from the youth and the whole family. I know how it is like to be in a rough situation and know how focusing on the strengths in the families can help them grow. In January 2021 I started to work at Blijf Groep as a social worker in the shelter from Blijf Groep Amsterdam.

Maria van Helbergen

Social Worker @Orange House

Born in the Netherlands. Studied Applied Psychology. Moved to South Africa in 2016 to work as a counselor with underprivileged young people living in the townships. Crime, poverty, domestic and sexual violence were topics that these young people had to deal with on a daily basis. My goal to contribute to stop violence and injustice grew day by day. After returning to the Netherlands I started working at the Blijf Groep. At the Blijf Groep I started as an outreached social worker; supporting men, women and children in their own houses. In April 2020 I started working for a pilot program in Amsterdam called Stay Safe, where I contribute with 5 other organizations besides Blijf Groep to support multi-problem families to be safe again. Since February 2022 I’m back at the Blijf Groep working at the intake team.

2022 ANWS Annual Conference

Resilience: A Path Leading Women Towards Trauma Recovery

The Asian Network of Women’s Shetlers and the Garden of Hope Foundation are pleased to announce that the 2022 ANWS Annual Conference on 02 September, 2022 is now open for REGISTRATION!

We have learned trauma could affect women and children psychologically and emotionally. How we can help guide them to a path towards recovery? What role does resilience play in the recovery? How survivors can manage relationships with self, children, and perpetrators? We invite you to join this conference to hear speakers from Nepal, the U.S., Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, and the Netherlands sharing their insights, experiences, challenges and opportunities on relationship repair and resilience among women, children, and intimate partners.

In this conference we bring you not only keynote speeches but also workshops. We hope through this virtual conference audience can be inspired by listening and practicing sharing from speakers.

Please click here for tentative agenda.

Save the Date

Date: Friday 02 September, 2022
Time: 09:00 a.m. ~ 17:30 p.m. (GMT+8, Taiwan)
Platform: Zoom Webinar

Click here for your local time



Recap of the NGO CSW66 Parallel Event

The NGO CSW66 parallel event: The Silver Linings and Prospects for Women in Poverty Under the Covid-19 Crisis in Asia jointly hosted by ANWS and the Garden of Hope Foundation (GOH) went successfully. Huge thanks and applause to our wonderful moderator and speakers from Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO), Women’s Aid Organization (WAO) in Malaysia, GOH in Taiwan, Social Inclusion Support Center in Japan, and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact in Thailand, and also our audience. Thank you all for making our event so successful!

Left to right (top): Moderator Lorraine LIM from SCWO, speaker Chiao-Ju CHANG from GOH, speaker Jean TAN from WAO; (bottom): Speaker Hsiao-Chi WU from GOH, Tomoko Endo from Social Inclusion Support Center, Pragyaa Rai from Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

If you were unable to join our NGO CSW66 parallel event, we would love to share the livestreamed recording with you. Please click at the video link below for your watching.

Please click here to download speakers’ presentation slides provided in both English and Chinese version.

Though Covid-19 pandemic makes the going get even tougher for women, but yes, we see silver linings ahead for a better change.

NGO CSW66, We Are Coming.

ANWS together with the Garden of Hope Foundation in Taiwan will hold a NGO CSW66 parallel event: The Silver Linings and Prospects for Women in Poverty Under the Covid-19 Crisis in Asia on 17 March at 12:00 a.m. ET (please click here for your local time).

As stated in UN Women’s articles women in Asia represent two thirds of the poor. Moreover, it is widely observed that GBV survivors often face economic abuse in addition to physical violence. Taking into account of their financial situations, survivors may find it hard to be independent, especially victims often have children with them to care for when they are accommodated into a shelter. How CSOs in Asia can help empower GBV survivors in economic means and access better employment opportunities is what we want to discuss in this parallel event.

Please REGISTER and join us to find out more.

Sharing of A Statement for A Sad Story from Japan Member


November 11, 2021

In response to the tragic deaths that occurred at an immigration facility in March, we call for thorough and appropriate protection for foreign victims of domestic violence and improvement of measures.

On March 6, 2021, a 33-year-old Sri Lankan woman, Ms. Ratnayake Liyanage Wishma Sandamali, lost her life in a detention facility of the Nagoya Immigration Bureau.

From the contents of the “Investigation Report on the Death of an Inmate at the Nagoya Immigration Bureau on March 6, 2021” (hereinafter referred to as the “Report”) released on August 10 by the Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice (hereinafter referred to as the “Bureau”), it became clear that the Bureau’s response was inhumane and that it failed to take necessary medical measures. We strongly protest the inappropriate response of the Immigration Bureau, which took away her irreplaceable life, and we believe that it is an extremely serious problem that cannot be overlooked that Ms. Wishma Sandamali, in particular, did not receive proper protection despite her complaint of domestic violence (hereinafter sometimes referred to as “DV”) and her request for help.

Problem 1: The Nagoya Immigration Bureau’s handling of DV victims

Ms. Wishma Sandamali was detained without being protected as a victim of DV, even though she was a DV victim who consulted the police for help after suffering DV from the man she was dating. “When a victim of domestic violence or a foreign national who is considered to be a victim of domestic violence is recognized during a residence examination or deportation procedure, the foreign national should be interviewed about the details of the domestic violence case” (Article 3-1 (1)). Also, “If they wish to do so, they should contact the Spousal Violence Counseling Center or police officer in the area where they reside” (Article 5-2) according to the “Guideline for Measures Concerning Domestic Violence Cases”. However, the Bureau failed to take any action based on the DV measures, even though Ms. Wishma Sandamali had complained that she had been subjected to DV.

Problem 2: The initial response of the police

According to the Report, in the application for provisional release submitted by Ms. Wishma Sandamali on January 4, 2021, she stated that she had “appeared before the police and told them that her boyfriend had been violent” as the reason for requesting provisional release (page 57 of the report). This situation could have been prevented if the police had cooperated with the Spousal Violence Counseling and Support Center and had protected her in the shelter at a women’s counseling center, instead of the Immigration Bureau. In order to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again, the police response and the Bureau’s response should be thoroughly examined.

Problem 3: DV judgment in the Report

The Report states that the staff should have interviewed Ms. A (Ms. Wishma Sandamali) in accordance with the Guideline, but it is not clear whether Ms. A (Ms. Wishma Sandamali) would have been recognized as a victim of DV even if the staff had followed the procedure. The conclusion of the Report is extremely narrow in its view of cases in which a person should be protected as a victim of DV, and it displays nothing short of a gross lack of awareness of DV. The results of this investigation are highly reprehensible and show that if the Bureau, which has little knowledge of DV, is left to deal with DV victims, many victims will continue to be detained without being recognized as victims.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Justice, the number of DV victims recognized by local immigration offices nationwide is only in the double digits every year (82 cases in 2019). In the past, the reasons for this have been cited as the lack of support information and the inability of consultation services to respond to victims, but this case has revealed a more serious problem: the extremely poor understanding of DV at immigration offices.

Therefore, we request the following.

Part 1. To the relevant ministries and agencies:

  1. To the Immigration and Refugee Management Agency of the Ministry of Justice
  2. Reconsideration of the response to DV victims in the report
  3. The Immigration Bureau should immediately start to fundamentally revise the procedures for DV victims
  4. Investigate and clarify the reasons why the Guideline was not thoroughly disseminated to the frontline staff in this case, investigate the status of dissemination and implementation of the measures at facilities nationwide, compile measures for improvement, and announce the policy for the improvement of training methods.
  • To the police

 When the police receive a consultation from a foreigner, if there is a complaint of domestic violence, regardless of whether or not the person has a status of residence, they should report it to the Spousal Violence Counseling and Support Center, not the Immigration Bureau, and ask for a response.

Part 2. Law revision

We call for the following revisions of the law:

  1. Revision of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act; and
  2. Revision of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act

We recognize that both the verification of this problem and the measures to prevent its recurrence are extremely inadequate, and we call for a thorough verification and the formulation of measures to prevent its recurrence, especially the prompt revision of the law and the guidelines for measures.

Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan

Japan Network Against Trafficking In Persons (JNATIP)

All Japan Women’s Shelter Network

KYOFUKAI-Japan Christian Women’s Organization

Human Rights Now

Contact to

All Japan Women’s Shelter Network office@murasaki-ribbon.sakura.ne.jp

For a complete full statement, please click the link below.

2021 ANWS Annual Conference

Economic Empowerment and Development and Future Possibility of Developmental Social Work

The Garden of Hope Foundation observes that poverty, deprivation, and desperation are commonly seen in many cases. It’s the priority of developmental social work to respond to these challenges. The Foundation believes that the goal of economic development and social welfare should be equally important in the empowerment process.

Developmental social work focuses on the advantage of the recipient, and pays attention to the regional characteristics. It emphasizes the process of social investment, economic policy, and public participation. It accumulates all kinds of assets (manpower, finance, and social capital) of its clienteles through a positive cycle in productive economic activity, and allows self-determination possibility and opportunity or further feedback to drive regional economic activity growth and promote overall economic development.

The conference now opens for registration! Register now: https://forms.gle/wpe26f1meqaK1Jru7