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    For immediate release 20.08.14

    Welsh Women's Aid welcomes consultation on criminalising coercive control

     

     

  • New Young People (14-25yrs) Pack Launched

    Children Matter are very proud to announce the completion of the young People (14-25yrs) Pack.  The pack has been a collaboration between young people, our members and other specialist organisations.  It covers many of the recent emerging trends and issues that concern young people in their relationships. It is aimed at preventing abuse and repeat victimisation, as well as responding to recent changes in the definition of abuse to include young people  aged 16- 25yrs and recognising that young people aged between16-17yrs  can be referred to MARAC.   The  pack deals with issues such as:  Sexting, Consent and understanding what constitutes rape; pornography and gender stereotyping.  The pack contains a range of exercises, lesson plans and methods which will assist with informing and empowering young people to identify abuse and challenge  attitudes  The Packs are priced at £280 for non-members and £200 for members.   For groups requiring bilingual packs, there will be a charge of £360 per pair of English and Welsh packs.  For those groups who assisted piloting, the programme there is also a 20% discount available on first purchase.  Children Matter are now looking for groups who would be interested in piloting the 11-13yr Programme.  If you are interested please contact your regional CM Coordinator for more details and information on how to apply.

     

    STAR Programmes are developed by WWA Children Matter Project are Welsh Government funded.  Funding to deliver the programmes is made available through the CM project.

    STAR Programmes

     

    • The Programmes include training to deliver by experienced Children Matter Regional Coordinators
    • Ongoing Regional support and advice
    • Monthly Regional Children and Young People meetings
    • Outcomes (RBA) regional and national data which is also provided on a quarterly basis to Welsh Government.
  • Reaction to BBC’s ‘Murdered By My Boyfriend’

    Welsh Women’s Aid (WWA) would like to praise the recent BBC Three drama ‘Murdered By My Boyfriend’, a retelling of the true story of a young British women suffering years of domestic abuse who is eventually murdered by her partner in front of their young daughter.

     

  • Welsh Women's Aid support Supreme Court bid to hold police accountable for fatal failures in assisting domestic violence victims

    This week the Supreme Court hears a landmark appeal about domestic violence, fatal violence against women and police accountability.  The Supreme Court has granted permission to Welsh Women's Aid (WWA) to intervene in the case. 

     

  • Minister for Housing and North Wales PCC visit North Wales refuge

    On June 5th, Carl Seargant AM (Minister for Housing) and Winston Roddick (North Wales PCC) visited the first self contained refuge in North Wales. 

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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.'