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  • Minister for Housing and North Wales PCC visit North Wales refuge

    On June 5th, Carl Seargant AM (Minister for Housing) and Winston Roddick (North Wales PCC) visited the first self contained refuge in North Wales. 

  • New WWA Chief Executive Announced

    Welsh Women’s Aid is pleased to announce that Eleri Butler MBE has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the organisation and will be joining us from January 2015 to help us grow further as the lead organization working to end violence against women and domestic abuse in Wales. Our first priority is always to protect the safety of women and children affected by these terrible forms of abuse, and with the vast knowledge, experience and leadership of Eleri we are confident of even greater successes to come.

     

  • New Wales Bill to prevent violence against women welcomed by Welsh Women’s Aid

    Welsh Women’s Aid welcomes the Welsh Government’s ‘Gender Based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill’ which has been introduced to the National Assembly for Wales today.


    This Bill presents a significant opportunity for Wales to lead the way in the UK in reducing and preventing domestic abuse, sexual violence and all forms of gendered-based violence.

     

  • Minister launches Wrexham Domestic Abuse Campaign

    Local Government Minister, Lesley Griffiths AM voiced her support for a campaign tackling domestic abuse in Wrexhamon Friday the 22nd of May. Reducing incidence of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence and repeat victimisation is a priority for the Welsh Government and for Wrexham Community Safety Partnership.

    A critical part of the Partnership’s work is to increase public confidence in reporting incidents of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence and to also improve support for victims of abuse. The Partnership’s publicity campaign, will improve public awareness ensure victims of domestic abuse are aware of the support available. 

  • Curriculum for Wales – Call for Evidence

    Professor Graham Donaldson is actively seeking views and opinions for his review of the national curriculum and assessment arrangements. WWA will be submitting evidence around the need for a Whole School Approach to ending VAW through compulsory initiatives and support for pupils, as outlined in the White Paper on the ‘Ending Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill’ recently.

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It is estimated that around 3 million women across the UK experience rape, domestic violence, forced marriage, stalking, sexual exploitation, trafficking and other forms of violence every year. This is the equivalent to the population of Wales.

Report of the Secretary General, 2006

At least 12 women die each year in the UK as a result of 'honour'-based killing

Fawcett Society (2009)

Welsh Women's Aid want domestic abuse to be recognised as gender based issue, with appropriate services and support to be available to women and children, resulting in the eradication of all forms of violence against women.


 

 

Welsh Women's Aid needs your help. With your support we can continue our vital work, to ensure a safer and more fulfilling future for women and children in Wales. Awareness raising and prevention work is critical, and with your support we can eventually change what is accepted as a healthy relationship, and stop another generation of women and children needing to access our services. Currently 2 women a week are killed by their partner or ex partner. This is unacceptable, but we can't challenge this alone.


 


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 What is domestic abuse?

What is domestic abuse?Domestic Abuse is the actual or threatened physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial abuse of a person by their partner, family member or someone with whom there is, or has been, a close relationship. Domestic Abuse also relates to allowing or causing a child to witness domestic abuse. For more information about the nature and effects of domestic abuse click here

 

If you or a friend need help...

What is domestic abuse?Domestic abuse and violence frighten and disempower women and children, and no-one wants to live in fear. For more information about getting help and support for yourself, a member of your family or a friend click here

 

 

Children and young people

What is domestic abuse?Domestic abuse affects children and young people too. In many cases children are in the same room or can hear what is happening in their home. It can affect them in many different ways. Young people can also experience domestic abuse in their own intimate relationships as they start to go out with people during their teenage years. For more information click here.

 

Welsh Women's Aid Services

What is domestic abuse?

WWA is the national umbrella organisation representing local Women's Aid Groups situated throughout Wales. Our member groups provide direct services for women and children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse.WWA can provide specialist training, support and information to our member groups and to outside organisations.

 


We manage the All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline, a free 24 hour, bilingual, gender neutral and confidential helpline providing support and information to anyone experiencing domestic abuse, and to individuals and organisations seeking information or advice.

 

To find out what Welsh Women's Aid can offer to external organisations, please see What We Offer