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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 average age of women experiencing financial abuse was 20.

YWCA Research, 2008.

Financial abuse occurs between two adults where there is financial co-dependency.

 

Financial Abuse

Financial abuse can take many forms, from denying you all access to funds, to making you solely responsible for all finances while handling money irresponsibly himself. Money becomes a tool by which the abuser can further control the victim, ensuring either her financial dependence on him, or shifting the responsibility of keeping a roof over the family's head onto the victim while simultaneously denying your ability to do so or obstructing you.

Financial abuse can include the following:

·       preventing you from getting or keeping a job

·        denying you sufficient housekeeping

·        having to account for every penny spent

·        denying access to cheque book/account/finances

·        putting all bills in your name

·        threatening to force you out of the house and make you homeless and destitute

·        withholding information about welfare benefits

·        demanding your paychecks

·        spending the money allocated to bills/groceries on himself

·        forcing you to beg or commit crimes for money

·        spending Child Benefit on himself

·        not permitting you to spend available funds on yourself or children

·        making you give up your savings

·        not working themselves but forcing you to work to pay for everything

Financial abuse can have serious and long term effects on women and children experiencing it. Women and children can become trapped in a cycle of poverty, they can experience physical and psychological ill health, isolation and feeling that they can’t escape from the abusive relationship.

For more information about financial abuse, please visit the YWCA website

Download the Home Office leaflet ‘Domestic violence – financial control, emotional abuse’ (leaflet) or visit the Home Office website

If you are experiencing financial abuse, or domestic abuse of any kind, contact the Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 80 10 800.