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  • Trustee Vacancies at Amman Valley Women's Aid

    There are vacancies on the Board of Trustees at Amman Valley Women's Aid.

    If you are interested in the postions, email avwatrustees@hotmail.co.uk or alternatively, ring Becky Issac or Jane Gould on 01269 597474 to request an application pack.

  • Walk a Mile In Her Shoes 2014

    Welsh Women’s Aid

    Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® 2014

    There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women's shoes. It's not easy walking in these shoes, but it is fun and it gets the community to talk about something that's really difficult to talk about: gender relations and sexual violence.

    On the 6th December Welsh Women’s Aid are asking men from all over Wales to join us for this one mile walk in high heels in recognition of the role you have to play in ending violence against women. It is a fun way of raising awareness and getting people talking!

     

    Date: 6th December 2014

    Time: meet 1.30pm

    Meeting place: Unite the Union, 1 Cathedral Rd, Cardiff CF11 9SD

     

    The walk will end at Porters Bar with speeches from Torchwood star, Gareth David Lloyd

    Any bright woman’s shoe is to be worn by participants. Welsh Women’s Aid are happy to provide shoes for you, please advise us of your shoe size on the registration form. People of any gender identity are also welcome to support and take part in the event.

     

    To enquire about the walk or to book your place please email; beckyjones@welshwomensaid.org.uk or download the registration pack; www.welshwomensaid.org.uk

     

    For more information on the ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ international campaign please visit http://www.walkamileinhershoes.org/

     

    Welsh Women’s Aid is grateful for the sponsorship provided by ITCS, Go Compare and Unite the Union

    If you are interested in taking part in Welsh Women's Aid's second Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, please read the information below and complete the registration form and declaration.

    Participant's Declaration

    Registration Form

     

     

     

  • Welsh Women’s Aid response to Home Office: Strengthening the Law on Domestic Abuse Consultation

    Welsh Women’s Aid responded to the Home Office Consultation regarding Strengthening the Law when concerning Domestic Abuse.

    To view our full response, click here.

  • All Parliamentary Groups Enquiry

    Welsh Women’s Aid responded to the All Parliamentary groups enquiry in to cuts to funding of Services across Wales.

    Thank you to all members who responded with evidence which we used as the basis for the response.

    Click here to view the full response.

  • Helpline Partnership Working

    Helpline Partnership Working


    The helpline has been working in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board for a number of years. Last month marked a milestone as the helpline completed the 1000th CAADA-Dash RISK Identification Checklist for MARAC agencies.


    Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) are regular local meetings where information about high risk domestic abuse victims (those at risk of murder or serious harm) is shared between local agencies. By bringing all agencies together at a MARAC, and ensuring that whenever possible the voice of the victim is represented by the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate, a risk focused, co-ordinated safety plan can be drawn up to support the victim.

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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