家暴幸存者正拿起她们的笔，将她们的痛苦转换为诗歌。她们透过诗歌，寻找希望、疗愈及自己的声音。 这就是妇女援助组织（WAO）近日推出的书籍，《蒂娜的旅程：由家暴幸存者撰写的词与诗集》的起源。 《蒂娜的旅程》是由作家Bernice Chauly与来自WAO庇护所的家暴幸存者一同经历两年的创意写作工作坊所撰写的成果。 Bernice说道：“写作能够起到疗愈作用，我们为我们的痛苦发声，我们为它命名。写作可以把我们的痛苦转为艺术。” 参与该工作坊的Linda Iskandar分享说，“创意写作课程赋权予我们，让我们表达长久以来埋在我们心中的事情。这也帮助我们面对所发生的事情以及我们的梦魇。” Bernice Chauly与WAO社区参与官Kelvin Ang联手以幸存者的文字，创造蒂娜此个角色，并由艺术家Chan Wen Li提笔，活现蒂娜这个角色。 Wen Li指出，“我们将蒂娜此个角色定位为一名赋权的幸存者，带着希望并能引起共鸣，即使在逆境中也依然能闪耀生存。” Wen…
Domestic violence survivors are picking up their pens, and turning their pain into poetry. They are finding hope, healing, and their voices.
That’s the vision behind the book, Tina’s Journey: a collection of words and poetry by survivors of domestic violence, recently launched by Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO).
Tina’s Journey is the result of author Bernice Chauly’s two-year creative writing workshops with domestic violence survivors at the WAO shelter.
“Writing is a tool for healing. We give voice to our pain, we name it. Writing can help us transform that pain into art,” says Bernice.
“The creative writing classes empowered us to express what we long held within us. This helped us come to terms with what had happened and to face our demons,” shares Linda Iskandar, who participated in the workshops.
Bernice Chauly and WAO Community Engagement Officer, Kelvin Ang, curated survivors’ writings to create the character Tina. Artist Chan Wen Li then brought Tina to life.
“We conceptualised the character Tina as an empowered survivor with a message of hope, and a relatable person whose resilience shines through in the face of adversity,” says Wen Li.
“We worked to find a ‘voice’ for Tina that hopefully represents and does justice to the multi-faceted stories and musings of survivors,” adds Wen Li.
“The struggle of living in an abusive relationship can be an internal, unseen struggle. We sought to make known the lived experiences of survivors, so we can recognise the same recurring stories in our communities and the people we know,” explains Kelvin.
Tina’s Journey was launched on 9 December 2017, in conjunction with the worldwide 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign.
Tina’s Journey is sponsored by Selangor Properties Berhad, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, KL Writers Workshop, and In den Vremde.
To get a copy of Tina’s Journey, make a donation of RM30 or more via deposit to Women’s Aid Organisation, 80-0238299-7, CIMB with the reference “TINA”. Email your delivery address and proof-of-payment to email@example.com.
Your support will enable WAO to continue supporting and empowering domestic violence survivors.