GAMS offers a reception, orientation (medical-psychosocial and legal) and psycho-social support service if necessary according to the situation, needs and requests of the people. GAMS receives persons concerned by FGM, forced marriages and other types of gender violence, in asylum procedure, outside asylum procedure (illegal residence), recognised refugees, regularised refugees, who have come to Belgium through family reunification or other means.
The first individual welcome and orientation appointments are held at the head office in Brussels and in the branches between 9 am and 5 pm. Each person is interviewed individually in order to compile a file, register (if they wish), identify their needs and requests, the type of support and the setting up of an accompaniment if necessary. The difficulties encountered in accompanying people are mainly due to their condition as undocumented migrants and consequently without income, loss or lack of autonomy, without a fixed abode and without the right to social assistance, increasing their vulnerability and risk of physical, psychological, sexual and economic violence such as rape, prostitution, sexual harassment, economic and domestic exploitation, violence between partners, among others.
💬 Make an appointment with the social services
Depending on where you live:
- Brussels: Carolina Neira Vianello – 02/219.43.40 or 0466/44.96.54 or email@example.com
- Antwerp: Katrien De Koster – 0495/93.93.18 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Liège: Samia Youssouf – 0470/54.18.99 or email@example.com
- Namur: Mélanie Jocquet – 0493/49.29.50 or mélanie@gams.be
- Ghent: Jessica Tatout – 0493/40.52.90 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 2009, it is also possible to benefit from psychological and art-therapeutic support with Annalisa D’Aguanno, within the association. The themes worked on concerning excision (recurring images depicting excision, phobia of the sexual sphere, avoidance of emotional and sexual relationships, questions about uncircumcised women, …) but not only. The concerns brought to the interview are very topical and also concern difficulties in the daily life of a reception centre, for example, loss of social bearings, sleep disorders, a feeling of insecurity, low self-esteem, relational difficulties, etc.
After the first interview during which the request is evaluated, the psychologist and the person making the request decide on the frequency of their appointment. Usually, it will be a 1-hour appointment every two weeks. In the case of a particularly complex situation or a person in a precarious situation, appointments are made every week.
Annalisa D’Aguanno is currently studying art therapy at the Rhapsodie school in Brussels. Since then, the consultations have been different from the previous years. In addition to the “classic” tools such as verbal therapy and relaxation, women are also offered psycho-corporal attention as well as art-therapeutic accompaniment, the two complementing each other. Art therapy, as its name suggests, is the exploration of one’s inner world through artistic media such as painting, collage, clay, dance, music,… In practice, using metaphors and symbols present in speech, the therapist proposes to the person a creative work using the tools of his choice.