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  • 16 Days of Action, 16 Stories of Hope and Survival

    16 Days of Action, 16 Stories of Hope and Survival

     

    Welsh Women’s Aid are looking for 16 women who have experience of domestic abuse or violence against women to contribute to an eBook for the 16 Days of Action to End Violence against Women.

     

    We need women to write their stories; by providing real life examples of women’s experience we aim to shape policy and practice, raise awareness and inspire others.

     

    We will feature the eBook of stories in different ways:

    • On the Welsh Women’s Aid website;

    • In campaign materials such as brochures, flyers, leaflets, presentations and other publicity;

    • On social media and the web as part of our awareness raising activity.

       

      Stories are to be a maximum of 1000 words and can be poetry or prose.

       

      The deadline is Friday 31st October.

       

    You can see more about the 16 days here http://www.16dayswales.org.uk/

    For more information, or to submit your story, email sallyhughes@welshwomensaid.org.uk or phone 029 20 541 551. Or you can send your story in the post to Sally Hughes, Engagement and Participation Officer, Welsh Women’s Aid, Pendragon House, Caxton Place, Pentwyn, Cardiff CF23 8XE.

  • Press Release

    Click here to read Welsh Women's Aid's latest statement on Ched Evans.

  • New Vacancies at Carmarthen DAS

    There are two new exciting vacancies at Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Service.

    Click here to read more about the vacancy for Finance & Admin Support Worker

    or

    Click here to read more about the vacancy for Refuge Assistant.

    For more information or for an application pack, please contact Ruth on ruthgraham@carmdas.org

  • Press Releases

    Click here to read Welsh Women's Aid's press release on the reinstatement of Ched Evans -  Welsh Women’s Aid Ched Evans Reinstatement PR

    Click here to read Welsh Women's Aid's press release on the Home Office domestic abuse consultation -  Welsh Women’s Aid DA Offence Consultation PR

    Click here to read our press release on Welsh Women's Aid's evidence on the Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill - WWA Press Release on Evidence

  • VAW and other news

    Research request
    Elinor Lloyd, a PhD student at the University of Warwick researching child-animal relationships in violent homes is looking to interview a sample of children/young people who have escaped domestic abuse and would be happy to talk about any relationships or experiences that they have had with pets. If you would like to contribute to this research, please contact E.M.Lloyd@warwick.ac.uk or call 07795 490 678.

    Exciting Service User Involvement Project at Swansea Women’s Aid “Your Opinion Matters” engages with young people through ‘urban street art!’
    Sally Hughes (Engagement and Participation Officer) has been meeting our members to learn more about the different ways they are engaging with service users. Last week she was in Swansea where she learnt about a project funded by the Big Lottery that aims to engage and involve women, young people and children who have experienced or been affected by domestic abuse and want to have a say in influencing public services. It aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse and offers a way for young people who have been affected by domestic abuse in Swansea to have a ‘voice’ and to increase knowledge of local and national domestic abuse issues. There will be regular opportunities to meet other young people, gain confidence, skills and knowledge.

    Kay Lemon, ‘Your Opinion Matters Project Worker’, has put together a survey for women, young people and children in the Swansea area. You can access it at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MFQZBY5 Please do share if you know anyone who would like to get involved. You can find out more about the project by contacting Kay on 01792 512 462 or email klemon@swanseawa.org.uk. If you have a service user involvement project that you wish to share, please contact sallyhughes@welshwomensaid.org.uk

    Women in Business Day at the BBC
    In order to increase the number of women in business who contribute to output on radio, television and online, BBC Wales is holding a free one day introduction to the world of broadcasting to give women an insight into how they work at the BBC, and to help build a network of female contributors.
    During the day there will be an opportunity for those selected to experience the practicalities of being interviewed in a radio station and on camera. There will also be an opportunity to meet production teams and other women in business.  
    Applicants will need to be:
    • Female
    • Able to speak knowledgeably about their specialist area
    • Not already a regular contributor to BBC Cymru Wales output
    • Live/work in west or south Wales
    • Available on November 21st, 2014 to attend an all-day event in Cardiff

    Up to a total of 18 places are available.
    To apply, follow this link – http://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/cymruwales/partnerships/womeninbusiness
    If you’d like more information about the event, please contact Catrin Griffith at expertwomencardiff@bbc.co.uk

    Training Opportunity
    Multi Agency Front Line Professionals Training Module - “Working with men who experience domestic abuse”
    One Day Course: November 19th 2014
    While the majority of victims are women, men do experience domestic abuse and need support.  It is often hard for men to get help in these situations because of fears about being ridiculed, or fear of not being believed.
    Training content includes:
    • Understanding the issues for men who experience domestic abuse
    • Barriers to disclosure
    • Assessing men on a scale from victim to perpetrator
    • How to use the Dyn assessment tool

    Venue: Safer Wales, 1st Floor, Castle House, Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BS     
    Cost:  £95.00
    This training will be useful for both managers and frontline professionals wishing to develop their understanding, in relation to providing appropriate responses to male clients experiencing domestic abuse.
    See here for further information and to book onto this course.

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Many women and children are forced to stay with violent partners because they feel they can’t leave their pets behind – and in some instances violent men are also violent towards the family pets

 

Abuse in the home is not a rare problem, it is just rarely admitted as one

Hidden Hurt - http://www.hiddenhurt.co.uk

Cam-drin Seicolegol / Emosiynol

Mae cam-drin Emosiynol a Seicolegol yn cynnwys mathau gwahanol o ymddygiad rheoli nad yw’n gorfforol sy’n achosi niwed emosiynol ac yn bychanu unigolyn.

Mae cam-drin Emosiynol a Seicolegol yn cynnwys:

·       Dweud wrth rywun eu bod yn ddi-werth,

·        Dweud wrthyn nhw does neb arall sydd eu heisiau,

·        Gorfodi rhywun i wneud pethau ar amser penodol neu mewn ffordd benodol,

·        Tanseilio gweithredoedd, barn a chredoau unigolyn,

·        Dweud wrth rywun ei fod yn wan ac na fyddai’n gallu ymdopi ar ei ben ei hun,

·        Gwneud i rywun feddwl eu bod yn wallgof,

·        Dweud wrth rywun mai nhw sydd ar fai am y trais a’r cam-drin domestig,

·        Peidio â gadael i rywun gael ymwelwyr,

·        Rheoli pwy sydd yn ffrindiau iddynt,

·        Peidio â gadael i unigolyn fynd allan,

·        Peidio â gadael i unigolyn weld teulu na ffrindiau,

·        Peidio â gadael i unigolyn fod ar ei ben ei hun gydag eraill,

·        Peidio â gadael i unigolyn ddefnyddio’r ffôn, anfon llythyrau neu e-bostio,

·        Cloi rhywun mewn ystafell neu dŷ,

·        Peidio â gadael i unigolyn fynd allan i weithio, peidio â gadael i unigolyn fynd i’r coleg neu ddosbarthiadau nos,

·        Mynd gyda rhywun i bob man er mwyn rheoli’r hyn maen nhw’n ei wneud, pwy maen nhw’n ei weld a beth maen nhw’n ei ddweud,

·        Dweud wrth rywun eu bod yn rhiant gwael,

·        Cael plant i ddweud a gwneud pethau i greu gofid i rywun,

·        Annog plant i gymryd rhan yn y cam-drin,

·        Cam-drin plant neu anifeiliaid anwes rhywun,

·        Difrodi eiddo,

·        Cyhuddo rhywun o ddweud celwydd pan nad ydynt yn gwneud hynny,

·        Dweud wrth rywun eu bod yn dew, yn hyll ac yn ddiwerth,

·        Gwneud i rywun feddwl does neb arall yn eu hoffi,

·        Bygwth niweidio rhywun, neu niweidio eu plant neu eu hanifeiliaid anwes,

·        Bygwth anfon rhywun i’r ysbyty gan eu bod yn wallgof,

·        Bygwth alltudio rhywun neu beidio â rhoi gofal os yw rhywun yn hen, yn sâl neu’n anabl,

·        Dweud wrth rywun os ydynt yn gadael, bydd y camdriniwr yn dod o hyd iddyn nhw ac yn eu lladd

·        Bygwth cam-drin rhywun o flaen eu plant, eu teulu neu eu ffrindiau.

Yn aml, mae’n anodd adnabod cam-drin emosiynol. Fe all ddigwydd mewn ffordd gyfrwys iawn nad yw’n amlwg i ffrindiau neu deulu unigolyn. Gallai’r unigolyn sy’n cael ei gam-drin feddwl neu deimlo nad yw’r cam-drin yn digwydd hyd yn oed.

Gall cam-drin emosiynol effeithio ar fenywod a phlant sy’n ei ddioddef mewn llawer o ffyrdd. Fe all adael creithiau seicolegol dwfn ac achosi niwed difrifol i hunanhyder yr unigolyn sy’n dioddef y cam-drin.

Os ydych yn dioddef cam-drin emosiynol/seicolegol, neu gam-drin domestig o unrhyw fath, cysylltwch â Llinell Gymorth Cam-drin Domestig Cymru ar 0808 80 10 800.

 


 

Mae ymchwil yn awgrymu y gallai achosion o gam-drin anifeiliaid, mewn rhai amgylchiadau, gael eu defnyddio i orfodi, rheoli a dychryn menywod a phlant i aros yn eu sefyllfa gamdriniol neu gadw’n dawel amdani. Gall bygwth cam-drin anifail anwes neu ei gam-drin yn wirioneddol atal menywod rhag gadael sefyllfaoedd o gam-drin domestig.

Caiff llawer o fenywod a phlant eu gorfodi i aros gyda’u partneriaid treisgar gan eu bod yn teimlo na allant adael eu hanifeiliaid anwes – ac mewn rhai achosion, mae dynion treisgar hefyd yn dreisgar tuag at anifeiliaid y teulu. Dengys ymchwil bod cysylltiad rhwng cam-drin anifeiliaid a thrais domestig: gallai dynion sy’n dreisgar tuag at fenywod fygwth niweidio anifail annwyl neu ei ladd er mwyn dychryn eu partner, ac felly cadw rheolaeth a phŵer drostynt.

Ystadegau

Yn ôl y sefydliad Paws for Kids, nododd 46% o fenywod bod eu partneriaid wedi bygwth niweidio eu hanifeiliaid anwes, a nododd 29% bod eu partneriaid wedi niweidio eu hanifeiliaid anwes.  Roedd gan 81% o’r menywod a holwyd blant ac roedd 41% o’r plant yn y teuluoedd yma wedi gweld bygythiadau neu drais gwirioneddol tuag at eu hanifeiliaid anwes annwyl.

Yn ôl adroddiad Ystadegau Pedwaredd Flwyddyn Llinell Gymorth Cam-drin Domestig Cymru, hysbyswyd am 137 achos o’r troseddwr yn bod yn dreisgar tuag at y plant, a 27 achos o fod yn dreisgar tuag at anifeiliaid anwes.

Mae astudiaeth gan Ffederasiwn Cymorth i Ferched Lloegr hefyd yn awgrymu bod pobl sy’n cyflawni cam-drin domestig yn y DU yn defnyddio cam-drin anifeiliaid anwes i geisio rheoli a gorfodi eu partneriaid neu gynbartneriaid a’u plant, gan nodi bod pobl sy’n galw’r Llinell Gymorth Genedlaethol yn dweud bod 9 anifail anwes yr wythnos, ar gyfartaledd, yn cael eu cam-drin neu wedi cael eu cam-drin gan droseddwr.

Pam mae Troseddwyr yn bygwth anifeiliaid anwes?

Yn ôl Paws for Kids:

·        Bydd troseddwr yn defnyddio beth bynnag sydd yn y cartref i gadw ei bŵer a’i reolaeth dros ei bartner a’r plant.

·        Trwy niweidio anifail anwes, mae troseddwr yn pwysleisio ymdeimlad o fraw yn ei bartner a’r plant. Efallai na fydd rhaid i droseddwr wneud unrhyw beth arall i ddangos pŵer.

·        Trwy ladd anifail anwes, gallai troseddwr fod yn dinistrio unig gysur a chefnogaeth y fenyw neu’r plant drwy roi diwedd ar gariad diamod anifail anwes, a bydd hyn yn sicr o ychwanegu at eu teimladau o unigedd ac anobaith.

·        Os gadewir anifail anwes yn y cartref pan fydd menyw a’i phlant yn mynd i loches, gallai dyn benderfynu niweidio’r anifail er mwyn ychwanegu at y pryder os nad yw hi yno, dyw ei hanifeiliaid ddim yn ddiogel.

·        Trwy fygwth niweidio anifail anwes annwyl, gallai’r sawl sy’n cam-drin brynu tawelwch plentyn.

I nifer o fenywod a phlant sy’n gadael perthnynas dreisgar, does dim llawer o ddewisiadau ar gael iddynt o ran eu hanifeiliaid anwes. Mae’r gwasanaethau isod yn sicrhau y bydd gofalwr maeth gwirfoddol yn gofalu am yr anifeiliaid nes bydd y perchennog yn gallu eu cymryd yn ôl. Mae’r holl leoliadau yn gwbl gyfrinachol.


RSPCA PetRetreat

Mae byw gyda cham-drin domestig yn anodd, ond gallai fod yn anoddach fyth os oes gennych chi anifail anwes annwyl. Nid yw’r rhan fwyaf o lochesau’n derbyn anifeiliaid, ac felly gallai’r RSPCA eich helpu chi, eich teulu a’ch anifail.

Gallai gwasanaeth PetRetreat yr RSPCA drefnu i ofalwyr maeth ofalu am eich anifail anwes os ydych yn dianc rhag cam-drin domestig. Caiff eich anifail anwes gartref da nes i chi ymgartrefu a bod yn barod i ofalu amdano eto.

Os oes gennych chi anifail anwes ac yn teimlo’n barod i adael eich cartref a mynd i loches, neu os ydych chi mewn lloches ac wedi gadael eich anifail anwes yn y cartref, cysylltwch â gwasanaeth PetRetreat yr RSPCA.

Ffôn: 0300 123 8278
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Sylwer os gwelwch yn dda, dim ond cathod a chŵn dros chwe mis oed ac anifeiliaid anwes teuluol sefydledig y gallwn eu derbyn. Y rheswm am hyn yw ei bod yn ansefydlogi anifeiliaid ifanc iawn neu rai sy’n newydd i’ch teulu os ydynt yn cael eu symud o le i le.

 


 

Gwasanaethau eraill a allai fod o gymorth:

Gogledd Cymru

Sefydliad Buster
Yn cynnwys ardaloedd: Sir Fôn, Gwynedd, Conwy, Sir Ddinbych, Sir y Fflint, Wrecsam.
Gwasanaeth maeth i fenywod sy’n byw yn y siroedd hyn a menywod sy’n mynd i loches yn yr ardaloedd hyn. 
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Ffôn: 07722 361825

Sir Gaer a Gogledd Lloegr

0120 469 8999 (PAWS for kids)

Caerfyrddin

01554 750 100 (Cartref Cŵn Llanelli)

01267 253847 (Paws and Claws - Bronwydd, Caerfyrddin)

01570 470 589 (Tŷ Agored, Cribyn, Llanbedr Pont Steffan)

01550 740 661 (Achub Anifeiliaid, Llandeust)

01267 237 958 (Damweiniau Anifeiliaid, Argyfyngau yn unig, 4 Clos Morgan, Caerfyrddin)

Colwyn

01492 870 212 (Anifeiliaid a Adawyd)

01492 532 780 (RSPCA)

01492 532 346 (Achub Anifeiliaid)

Bydd gan eich grŵp Cymorth i Ferched lleol ragor o wybodaeth am y cynlluniau maeth ar gyfer anifeiliaid anwes sydd ar gael yn eich ardal.

I gysylltu â’ch grŵp Cymorth i Ferched lleol, ewch i dudalennau Cymorth i Ferched Cymru