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  • Could you mentor a child?

    Challenge yourself: change a child’s future.

    Women’s Aid Monmouthshire are looking for volunteer mentors to work with children who have experienced domestic abuse.

    You would meet with a child aged between 5-11 years for two to four hours, once a week, for one year.

    You’d spend time planning each weekly mentoring session, and attend supervision once a month at Women’s Aid Monmouthshire. There is a small monthly mentoring budget that you can claim back.

    You’d receive comprehensive mentor training, work within a structured and proven programme, and be managed and supported throughout your mentoring year.

    “He needed a role model, now he is a role model himself… It is the most rewarding thing I have ever done”

    For more information on the programme, please contact Alice on 01873 859011 or email mentoringproject@waimon.org.uk

     

    Next training dates: November 8th, 15th, 16th.

  • WWA written evidence for GBV Bill

    Submission to the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee regarding the ‘Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill’

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    Summary of WWA written evidence on the ‘Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill’

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  • Christmas Card Making Competition

    Too soon for Christmas………Never

    Hello!

    Christmas Card Making Competition for women and children in refuge and in the community

    Christmas talk is in the air once more. We thought it would be a great idea to encourage a little bit of Christmas card making activity for women and children in refuge. The aim is to gather a few of the best card designs from across Wales that we could get printed and then sell for fundraising. There will be certificates for the best artists, and chosen designs, of course!

    Would you like to get involved?

    If so, gather your troops for some card making fun and send the best two or three designs to me on the address below (or email good quality pictures if you can).

    We are looking to choose 5 designs overall, so get creative!!

    We will celebrate the venture on the website and on social media, so any cards you send will be put out there too. The cards will contribute to our activities for 16 Days as well, see http://www.16dayswales.org.uk/.

    Deadline for cards is the 15th October, so we have plenty of time to print and distribute.

    Get involved, have some fun, It’s Christmas! Nearly :0)

    If you would like any more information about our engagement and participation activity, or if you would like me to come along and meet with groups while they are doing this (I love a bit of card making), just get in touch.

    Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who you think would be interested in taking part.

    Sally Hughes
    Engagement and Participation Officer, Welsh Women’s Aid Pendragon House, Caxton Place, Pentwyn, Cardiff, CF23 8XE
    02920 541551

    sallyhughes@welshwomensaid.org.uk

    Twitter: @WWA_Engagement

  • Exciting new engagement project!

    We want to develop meaningful ways for women and children to feel empowered, supported and motivated to share their experiences, in order to inform policy and practice. Designed with this aim in mind, our new Engagement and Participation project is about building relationships with women and children who have lived through the experience of domestic abuse or other forms of Violence against Women, or who have an interest as a stakeholder. The aim of this work is to be responsive to need, to build the confidence of women and children, and enable them to take steps towards achieving their potential, to generate greater understanding of the causes and effects of domestic abuse and other forms of Violence against Women, support capacity building with our members, and work closely with all stakeholders. We aim to listen to, learn from and value the involvement of women and children. We are keen to promote the benefits of engagement and participation, it builds courage, confidence, and skills. Our hope is that the telling of women’s and children’s shared experience is moving, and inspirational for others. We hope that the women and children who take part can see how their contribution makes a difference. We want to recruit women and children who are interested in taking an active role in consultations, media work, community development and awareness raising. We will begin building a ‘Voices Network’ through which to gather a range of voices. We will develop toolkits, guidance, briefings and training for individuals who take part, our members and stakeholders. Over the next few weeks, Sally Hughes, our Engagement and Participation Officer, will be starting to make contact with our members as she is keen to develop the programme with your input. If you have any thoughts or ideas, or would like to share any of the service user involvement work you are doing presently with women and children who are service users, ex-service users or in the community, you can contact her on sallyhughes@welshwomensaid.org.uk or ring 029 20 541 551.

  • Male Ambassadors Project

    We are currently looking for high profile men to act as ambassadors for WWA to speak out against violence against women. If you know any men who you think would like to participate, or would fit this role, please contact Meg Kissack, Campaign & Events Officer;

    megkissack@welshwomensaid.org.uk

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Events

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)

WWA STATEMENT ON NEW STALKING OFFENCES

Monday, 26 November 2012 13:31

Today (26th November) two specific criminal offences of stalking have come into force in England and Wales for the first time. The new offences sit alongside ones of harassment in the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. They are designed to provide extra protection for victims, highlight the serious impact stalking can have on them and help bring more perpetrators to justice.

 

 

The new stalking offences are:

 

  • Section 2A - A course of conduct in breach of the prohibition on harassment in section 1(1) of the Protection from Harassment Act (1997) and the course of conduct amounts to stalking. 
  • Section 4A - A course of conduct which amounts to stalking and causes fear of violence or serious alarm or distress which has a substantial adverse effect on the victims usual day-to-day activities.
  • The Act also provides a non-exhaustive list of examples of behaviour that are associated with stalking.

Paula Hardy, Chief Executive of Welsh Women's Aid, said:

 

'We welcome the two new criminal offences of stalking that come into force today. Any extra measures to protect victims is great news for the 1 in 5 women who experience stalking in this country. The new offences also bring England and Wales into line with Scotland's approach to this damaging crime. Evidence from Scotland has shown that stalking laws like these have a significant and positive impact, and we hope to see the same effects here, with victims having greater protection and more perpetrators being brought to justice.'