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  • 16 Days for Wales to Speak Out to Condemn Violence Against Women

    Welsh Women’s Aid is marking the International Day to End Violence Against Women [November 25th] and following 16 Days of Action to Human Rights Day,  [December 10th], with a number of local events across Wales including our annual joint ‘Light a Candle’ event in Llandaff Cathedral and ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ to mark the ’16 Days’ campaign.
     
    25 November: Light a Candle

    10.50am, Llandaff Cathedral: Welsh Women’s Aid in partnership with Bawso and other local organisations will hold the annual Light a Candle event. This multi-faith service will highlight the shocking prevalence of domestic abuse and violence against women in Wales, and encourage people to discuss this difficult subject and work together to find a way forward. Speakers will include the Minister for Public Services, Leighton Andrews AM, who will be joined by survivors of abuse to talk about their experiences, and representatives of major world religions will read prayers about non-violence.


    25 November – 10 December: #16Days


    Survivors tell their stories

    Welsh Women’s Aid has produced an e-book of survivor stories. One story will be released for each of the 16 Days via social media and the Welsh Women’s Aid website. Through telling their stories, the women aim to bring hope and empower others to make changes in their own lives, and raise awareness of violence against women and girls.


    A Day in the Life of Blog Posts

    As part of the 16 Days, 16 staff members will provide an insight into a typical day in their life, providing a behind-the-scenes look at Wales’ lead domestic abuse organisation. A different staff post will be shared across social media and on our website on each of the 16 Days.

    Welsh politicians speak out

    Welsh Women’s Aid asked Assembly Members and Ministers to have photos taken with a sign showing what actions they have taken to work to eliminate violence against women and girls. Welsh Women’s Aid will be promoting one photo each of the 16 Days via social media.

    Social Media

    During the 16 Days, Welsh Women’s Aid will be using #16Days hashtag to raise awareness. The All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline will also be tweeting one myth and one fact about violence against women every day to challenge public perceptions of violence against women.


    6th December: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®

    1.30pm, Unite foyer - Welsh Women’s Aid is asking men,  women and their families from all over Wales to join us for this one mile walk to get people talking about male violence against women, help them understand women’s experiences, and  recognise the role they have to play in ending violence against women. The walk will conclude at Porter’s Bar and will include a speech by Torchwood star Gareth David-Lloyd.


    Eleri Butler, Chief Executive of Welsh Women’s Aid, said:

    “Our 16 Days campaign, which coincides with global awareness events, aims to get people talking about the extent of violence against women that as a society we tolerate every day, highlight the desperate need for the life-saving services delivered across Wales by our member services, and how we should all be part of the solution to end violence against women in all its forms. In doing so, we must prioritise listening to survivors so that we can improve understanding of their circumstances and how to best meet their needs."

    “Violence against women does not just affect women. It affects those who care about them, their families, their friends, their co-workers and their communities. We need to educate children from a young age that violence is not acceptable, which is why we are calling for compulsory education on developing healthy relationships in our schools. We also need the help of local communities to support local services and to speak out against the violence and abuse in their midst. One woman killed every 2.5 days in the UK through suspected male violence is the price we pay for not taking violence against women seriously”. 
      

    Full details of the other events taking place over the ’16 Days’ campaign [November 25th – December 10th] can be found on the website www.16dayswales.org.uk

  • Trustee Vacancies at Amman Valley Women's Aid

    There are vacancies on the Board of Trustees at Amman Valley Women's Aid.

    If you are interested in the postions, email avwatrustees@hotmail.co.uk or alternatively, ring Becky Issac or Jane Gould on 01269 597474 to request an application pack.

  • Walk a Mile In Her Shoes 2014

    Welsh Women’s Aid

    Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® 2014

    There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women's shoes. It's not easy walking in these shoes, but it is fun and it gets the community to talk about something that's really difficult to talk about: gender relations and sexual violence.

    On the 6th December Welsh Women’s Aid are asking men from all over Wales to join us for this one mile walk in high heels in recognition of the role you have to play in ending violence against women. It is a fun way of raising awareness and getting people talking!

     

    Date: 6th December 2014

    Time: meet 1.30pm

    Meeting place: Unite the Union, 1 Cathedral Rd, Cardiff CF11 9SD

     

    The walk will end at Porters Bar with speeches from Torchwood star, Gareth David Lloyd

    Any bright woman’s shoe is to be worn by participants. Welsh Women’s Aid are happy to provide shoes for you, please advise us of your shoe size on the registration form. People of any gender identity are also welcome to support and take part in the event.

     

    To enquire about the walk or to book your place please email; beckyjones@welshwomensaid.org.uk or download the registration pack; www.welshwomensaid.org.uk

     

    For more information on the ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ international campaign please visit http://www.walkamileinhershoes.org/

     

    Welsh Women’s Aid is grateful for the sponsorship provided by ITCS, Go Compare and Unite the Union

    If you are interested in taking part in Welsh Women's Aid's second Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, please read the information below and complete the registration form and declaration.

    Participant's Declaration

    Registration Form

     

     

     

  • Welsh Women’s Aid response to Home Office: Strengthening the Law on Domestic Abuse Consultation

    Welsh Women’s Aid responded to the Home Office Consultation regarding Strengthening the Law when concerning Domestic Abuse.

    To view our full response, click here.

  • All Parliamentary Groups Enquiry

    Welsh Women’s Aid responded to the All Parliamentary groups enquiry in to cuts to funding of Services across Wales.

    Thank you to all members who responded with evidence which we used as the basis for the response.

    Click here to view the full response.

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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

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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