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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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The Facts

  • One in every 4 women in Wales & England will experience domestic abuse by their partner or ex-partner at some time in their life.
  • In the UK 2 women a week are murdered by a partner or ex-partner.
  • Incidents of domestic abuse make up nearly a quarter of violent crime and a women will be assaulted on average 35 times before reporting it to the police.


But the term 'domestic abuse' doesn't only include physical violence - it describes any abusive behaviour repeatedly used by one person to control and/or dominate another person with whom they have or have had an intimate relationship. It also includes the exertion of control and/ or domination of one family member over another.

  • In 90% of domestic abuse incidents children are in the same or the next room (Hughes, 1992).

Even when it appears that children aren't being directly abused themselves, research shows that they are likely to be aware of what is happening.

  • One third of children will try and intervene during attacks, and children sometimes feel guilty if they don't come to their parent's aid.

It is estimated that between one to two thirds of children in homes where the mother is being abused are also at risk of being directly abused themselves.

See the Children & Young People's pages on the effects of domestic abuse on children and young people.

View Statistics & Research pages for more information