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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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Action for Children

Bursting The Bubble - Information and Support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse

CAFCASS Cymru - CAFCASS looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings

Child Bereavement Trust

Childhood Bereavement Network - This is a national, multi professional federation of organisations and individuals working with bereaved Children and Young People.

Childline - Support for children and young people, 0800 11 11

Children & Young People's Partnership for Health 

Children First - Supports parents and children on Child Abuse, deals with Domestic Violence and Child Sexual Assault Issues, provides support through recovery of absue.

Children in Need 

Children's Commissioner for Wales - Providing useful information, a discussion forum, advice & support to Children & Young People in Wales

Children's Legal Centre - Law and policy affecting children and young people

CLIC Sargent 

CRUSE Beareavement Care 

Every Child Matters - Government run website giving information on News, Events, Publications for people dealing with children in a number of different settings.

Eye to Eye Youth Counselling Service - Offers face to face counselling for young people 11-25 on any issue, including for those suffering any form of abuse. Call 01443 204 551 (Mon-Thurs 9am-3.30pm, Fri 9am-2pm)

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Home Start - Helping families with young children

Kidscape - Preventing bullying and child abuse

Make A Wish Foundation 

Marie Curie Cancer Care - Children & Young People's Support Service - Marie Curie Cancer Care offers information and support to families experiencing illness or loss. Child Bereavement Care is provided through 10 hospices in the UK, where they have Children and Young People's Counsellors to work with families who have children.

Monmouthshire Youth Services - Offers 1-to-1 support and group activities for Children & Young People (11-25).

National Childrens Bureau 

NCH - National Children's Home

NSPCC - National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children aims to prevent all forms of child abuse. Offers free 24 hour Child Protection Helpline, advice, information and counselling. A bilingual Welsh helpline and an Asian helpline in 5 Asian languages is available (020 7825 27852)

Children In Wales - Umbrella organisation for children's groups in Wales

Refuge - Refuge's network of safe houses provides emergency accommodation for women when they are most in need.

Road For You - This is a website designed for young people by young people. It aims to let young people find their own road to deal with their loss.

The Hideout - National website for children and young people to inform about domestic violence, and help them identify whether it is happening in their home. Also provides indirect and informal support to children and young people living with domestic violence or to those who may want to help a friend, and to signpost additional help and direct support..

The Sand Rose Project - This project provides one or two week breaks, as well as shorter breaks, for bereaved families. It doesnt offer therapy or counselling programmes but breaks are offered free of charge to families experiencing loss, with a particular emphasis on young families.

The Site - Provides factsheets and articles on all the key issues facing young people including: sex and relationships; drinking and drugs; work and study; housing, legal and finances; and health and wellbeing.

Tros Gynnal - Tros Gynnal was set up to continue the children's rights work of The Children's Society when it withdrew from Wales in July 2002.

UNICEF - The United Nations Children's Fund

Winston's Wish - Winston's Wish has a helpline offering suppport, information and guidance to all those caring for Children and Young People who have been bereaved. the website offers up to date information, resources and advice and also has a facility to send questions via email.

Young Minds - A national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people.

Self Harm

Youth Advocacy Service - Information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children and young people