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  • Cardiff Womens Aid has vacancies on the Board of Trustees

    Would you like to be involved in supporting the governance and strategic development of the organisation. We are particularly looking for people with backgrounds in finance, HR, business and GP’s. The role is voluntary (we do pay out of pocket expenses) and will require attendance at four board meeting per year, and attendance at sub groups.

    If you have an interest in this vacancy, please contact please contact Lorraine Norman @ pa.ceo@cardiffwomensaid.org.uk outlining the skills and interests you can bring to the organisation.

  • Young Person's Group Worker

    We are now recruiting for a Young Person’s Group Worker to deliver a new project in Safe AS within Cardiff Women’s Aid; The S.O.D.A club, which stands for “Survivors of Domestic Abuse”. The role includes helping to design, create and facilitate a group for teenagers who have experienced domestic abuse and who are suffering with suicidal thoughts and/or self-harm. The full job description and person specification is attached.

    Experience working with vulnerable teenagers in a group setting is essential.

    £20,500 per annum, 35 hrs per week.

    Contact Steph Healey manager@safeascwa.org.uk for an application form or to discuss the post on 02920 460566. Closing date Monday 24th November at 5pm.

    Under the Equality Act 2010 pursuant to Schedule 9, Part 1, this is a woman only post.
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  • 16 Days of Action, 16 Stories of Hope and Survival

    Welsh Women’s Aid are looking for 16 women who have experience of domestic abuse or violence against women to contribute to an eBook for the 16 Days of Action to End Violence against Women.

     

    Contact 02920 541 551 and ask for the Engagement and Participation Officer or email sallyhughes@welshwomensaid.org.uk

     

  • Press Release

    Click here to read Welsh Women's Aid's latest statement on Ched Evans.

  • New Vacancies at Carmarthen DAS

    There are two new exciting vacancies at Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Service.

    Click here to read more about the vacancy for Finance & Admin Support Worker

    or

    Click here to read more about the vacancy for Refuge Assistant.

    For more information or for an application pack, please contact Ruth on ruthgraham@carmdas.org

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Domestic abuse is the actual or threatened physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial abuse of a woman by a partner, family member or someone with whom there is, or has been, a close relationship. This abuse also relates to the perpetrator allowing or causing a child to witness, or be at risk of witnessing, domestic abuse.

Welsh Women's Aid support the UN Violence Against Women definition of domestic abuse

It starts with screams and must never end in silence. 12% to 15% of European women over 16 have suffered domestic abuse in a relationship – too many have died. Many more continue to suffer physical and sexual violence from former partners, even after the break-up. It's time to find a way out!

Council of Europe

What is domestic abuse?

Welsh Women’s Aid define domestic abuse as "the actual or threatened physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial abuse of a woman by a partner, family member or someone with whom there is, or has been, a close relationship. This abuse also relates to the perpetrator allowing or causing a child to witness, or be at risk of witnessing, domestic abuse."

Domestic abuse essentially involves the misuse of power and exercise of control by one person over another with whom there is or has been a close relationship.

Domestic abuse occurs irrespective of gender, race, class, age, religion, sexuality, mental ability, physical ability, income, lifestyle or geographical area of residence.

Statistics show that 97% of reported incidences of domestic abuse are perpetrated by men against women. However, Welsh Women's Aid recognises that domestic abuse can occur within same sex relationships and that, in a very small number of cases, women are the perpetrators of abuse.

Research has shown that 22% of lesbian and bisexual women have experienced domestic abuse, but that it is even less likely to be reported from this group. Women's Aid groups are committed to supporting all female victims of domestic abuse.

You can see Frequently Asked Questions about Domestic Abuse on the Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline website.

There are many different forms of domestic abuse but they fall mainly into 4 categories. These are:

For more information about abuse, you can visit the Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline website