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  • Wales and England's Women's Aid issue statement on 'Delilah'

    Women's Aid England and Wales issue statement on 'Delilah'

    Fri, 12th Dec 14

    Eleri Butler, CEO of Welsh Women's Aid and Polly Neate, CEO of Women's Aid Federation of Engand said:

    "We ask the Welsh Rugby Union not to actively promote singing the song 'Delilah' as many people sing this song and don't realise what it's about - it is a man singing about killing his female partner, and in England and Wales this happens to two real women every week. It's a well known and popular song, but its message is nothing to celebrate.”

    If you live in Wales you can phone the All Wales Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Helpline (freephone) on 0808 80 10 800. You will be able to speak personally to a professionally trained Helpline staff member.

    Read the full statement here.

  • Day 16: Welsh Women's Aid, A Day in the Life (Director of Operations, Gill Owens)

    Welsh Women’s Aid: A Day in the Life
    Director of Operations
    Gill Owens

    Every day in this role is different.  Since joining Welsh Women’s Aid in June 2014, originally to manage the business and support its staff during the period between Chief Executive Officers , that being Paula Hardy leaving us in the spring and Eleri Butler joining in November, it has been a real privilege to work in this sector and with some incredible people. I have spent a great deal of time talking with both staff and our member groups, gaining an in depth insight into the challenges faced not only by the victims that we support, day in, day out but also of the continual struggle that our members face to ensure there is sufficient support locally to help women and children fleeing domestic abuse,  find safe refuge from harm.

    It has been a whirlwind 6 months and in addition to working with our wonderful team in our Head office in Cardiff it has been my privilege to work with our delivery teams based in North Wales.  Spending time in Wrexham and Colwyn Bay Women Aid has given me first hand experience of the incredible work all our members and providers of Domestic Abuse do year in year out to ensure service users and victims are given the individual support they need, and as for our incredible staff in the All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence helpline.

    During this 16 Days of Action Welsh Women’s Aid has released a Survivor’s story each day, detailing the incredible stories of individuals’ journeys from fear and abuse into safety and reclaiming their lives and it makes me very proud of this sector. 

  • Stories of Hope & Survival: Day 16

    Dear past!
    Thank you for all of life’s
    lessons you’ve
    given me.
    Dear future, I’m ready now.

    Anonymous

  • Day 15: Welsh Women's Aid, A Day in the Life (Refuge Co-ordinator, Joanne Hammond)

    Welsh Women's Aid, A Day in the Life

    Refuge Co-ordinator

    By Joanne Hammond

    My role as refuge co-ordinator is a diverse role which incorporates both planned and unplanned tasks and responsibilities. Over the last five years working in refuge I can truthfully say there are no two days that are ever the same. On walking into the refuge you are never quite sure what your day will consist of and what has happened prior to your arrival. This is the part of the role that I find most rewarding and positively challenges me on a daily basis.

    The role consists of supporting women and families accessing emergency accommodation from the initial contact through to their move on from refuge. This encompasses working as part of team,  key working, liaising with partnerships agencies, co-ordinating the on call rota, attending meetings, support plans, risk assessments, outcomes, house meetings, arranging activities  and managing all aspects of the day to day running of refuge.

    The day begins with updating refuges online and reading an update of the women’s/children’s files. A task list is discussed with the team to clarify what needs to be completed that day. Due to one of the women moving on from refuge in the next few weeks we met to complete list of things that need to be carried out and support plan. A busy morning continued with many of the women wanting support with contacting benefits, housing the GP and emotional support. Completed unit checks and all health and safety visual checks.

    Considerable time was spent submitting a funding application for the young people in refuge to enable them to access local activities. This took precedence as there are little or no facilities and activities aimed at young people whilst waiting to be allocated a school place.
    The afternoon continued to be busy with supporting a woman with her discretionary funding application. I attended a housing appointment to view and sign for a property, which is a rewarding part of the role to see the transition for the woman and her son from how she was on entry into refuge to now being allocated her own flat in a safe area. Tenancy support was referred to which will enable continued support and ease the transition and move on from refuge. The on call worker was updated via email with a residents list to prepare them for taking over from the daytime team. At the end of the day the women’s and children’s files were updated on the day’s events and diverted the phones to the on call worker. Such a busy day however, this is the part of the job I enjoy the experience of how diverse and rewarding the role can be.

    The 16 days of Action to End Violence Against Women is crucial to keep the message prominent in people’s minds. The campaign also assists in raising awareness of violence against women and organisations that provide support. It is encouraging to see individuals getting involved which have included current and past service users.

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Children and Young People

 

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