a reception center for women victims of violence, “all professionals in one place”

This Monday, June 28, the very first Maison des femmes in the region opens its doors in the Chemin-Vert district of Reims. Objective: to bring together on the same site all the professionals who help women victims of violence and their children.

“There, in front of this window, we are going to put a curtain to make it more intimate”, says Nazha Chtany. The director of Mars, the association for helping victims of the Marne, is working on the final adjustments with her team. The place smells of fresh paint. Several rooms are still empty. But the human warmth is already being felt. With a broad smile on her face, the manager sees a project that her association has been carrying for several months come to fruition: the opening of a Women’s House in Reims.

Located in the Chemin-Vert district, at n ° 10 allée des Pervenches, this place will welcome all women victims of violence. “Whether it is sexual, conjugal, intra-family or psychological violence such as harassment”, specifies the director. Last year, her association mainly received women abused by their spouses or ex-spouses. Almost a thousand asked for their help.

“All the goodwill in one place”

“The objective of this Women’s House, explains Nazha Chtany, it is to facilitate their care, to be as efficient as possible by bringing together in one place all the professionals who usually intervene, all the goodwill people who want to help these women and their children. “ The association was inspired by the first Maison des femmes created in Saint-Denis, at the entrance to the hospital, where the care of women victims of violence is at the same time medical, psychological, social and legal. The room was found for them by the Foyer Rémois.

“Before a woman victim of violence went to the premises of our association and we told her to go to the social worker, then to the CHU, then to the court, before coming back to see us. Of course, if there is too much. of steps, too many places, we lose it, underlines the director. Hence the idea of ​​this unique place with always the same person at the reception. ”

A socio-judicial follow-up …

A social worker, Anaïs Carvenant, will take on this role of coordinator. She will receive these women and listen to them. “It is important for the liberalization of speech that there are not too many interlocutors, so that they can have a reference point, know who they are addressing”, observes the young woman.

“On a case-by-case basis”, eShe will take care of their socio-judicial follow-up, will make an appointment for her with a lawyer, a social worker or a psychologist. A meeting that will also take place at the Maison des Femmes. These professionals will be there on a regular basis.

… and soon medical

Secondly, health professionals should join the women’s center: midwife, gynecologist and forensic doctor. The association works with the University Hospital of Reims to offer medical assistance to these women who, too often, neglect this aspect.“We realized that women victims of violence did not take care of their health, did not go to see a gynecologist, insite Nazha Chtany. These are invisible patients, we must lift this brake and offer medical care, but also do prevention, talk about contraception, abortion and sexuality education. “

The second floor of the house will be devoted to this medical follow-up. The Regional Health Agency must give its agreement to finance the project. “We hope that the CHU team will be able to join us at the start of the September school year., but we preferred to open anyway while waiting because there is an emergency. We are also awaiting other funding, from Greater Reims in particular. ”

Support groups and workshops

On the first floor, several partners will take possession of the place in turn, such as the drug addiction care center (the CAST) “‘for the management of all addictions” or the reception and support center for prostitutes (CAAPP). Parents’ words will support families in crisis or breakdown.

The artists of La Boussole will offer art therapy workshops to women and their children. Other workshops with a plastic artist and a sophrologist will also be on the program. “Anyone wishing to join this project is welcome.” The call is launched.

The Maison des femmes is located in the popular Chemin-Vert district, at 10 allée des Pervenches.

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Anaïs Carvenant will be responsible for welcoming and guiding women victims of violence.

Anaïs Carvenant will be responsible for welcoming and guiding women victims of violence.

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In the reception hall, toys will be made available to children.

In the reception hall, toys will be made available to children.

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The first floor will be taken over by the various partners for discussion groups or workshops.

The first floor will be taken over by the various partners for discussion groups or workshops.

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The second floor should house the permanence of health professionals: midwife, gynecologist and forensic pathologist.

The second floor should house the permanence of health professionals: midwife, gynecologist and forensic pathologist.

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The Maison des Femmes is open to the public on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. and Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Its address: 10 allée des Pervenches.