Ms Freeke Matthynssens
Freeke Matthynssens holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a degree in secondary teacher training. She is currently in training to become a MindSpring Co-trainer (a program that offers mental health education and psychosocial support to refugees).
She previously worked for a telephone and chat line that offers information and help to victims of violence and their peers. Prior to that, she worked as a teacher at a school for basic education for 10 years where she taught reading and writing to differently alphabetized adults.
Freeke joined ICRH in April 2019 to work with Jana Verplancke and Sherien Holail Mohamed on the chatline project of the sexual assault care centres in Belgium.
Projects of Freeke
Chatline for victims of sexual violence and their support figures: development and pilot study
This project aims to make aid as accessible as possible to victims of sexual violence and their support figures. In a first phase the feasibility of a phone- and chatline was researched and a model was developed. Subsequently, the piloting of the chatline model was requested by the Belgian government. The piloting consists of two main parts. The first part holds the launching of a chat service for victims of sexual assault and their support figures. The chat service was launched on April 10th 2019 and aims to bring victims of sexual violence in touch with a SACC or other specialized caregivers.