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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.

     

  • 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

  • Press Releases

    Click here to read Welsh Women's Aid's press release on the reinstatement of Ched Evans -  Welsh Women’s Aid Ched Evans Reinstatement PR

    Click here to read Welsh Women's Aid's press release on the Home Office domestic abuse consultation -  Welsh Women’s Aid DA Offence Consultation PR

    Click here to read our press release on Welsh Women's Aid's evidence on the Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill - WWA Press Release on Evidence

  • VAW and other news

    Research request
    Elinor Lloyd, a PhD student at the University of Warwick researching child-animal relationships in violent homes is looking to interview a sample of children/young people who have escaped domestic abuse and would be happy to talk about any relationships or experiences that they have had with pets. If you would like to contribute to this research, please contact E.M.Lloyd@warwick.ac.uk or call 07795 490 678.

    Exciting Service User Involvement Project at Swansea Women’s Aid “Your Opinion Matters” engages with young people through ‘urban street art!’
    Sally Hughes (Engagement and Participation Officer) has been meeting our members to learn more about the different ways they are engaging with service users. Last week she was in Swansea where she learnt about a project funded by the Big Lottery that aims to engage and involve women, young people and children who have experienced or been affected by domestic abuse and want to have a say in influencing public services. It aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse and offers a way for young people who have been affected by domestic abuse in Swansea to have a ‘voice’ and to increase knowledge of local and national domestic abuse issues. There will be regular opportunities to meet other young people, gain confidence, skills and knowledge.

    Kay Lemon, ‘Your Opinion Matters Project Worker’, has put together a survey for women, young people and children in the Swansea area. You can access it at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MFQZBY5 Please do share if you know anyone who would like to get involved. You can find out more about the project by contacting Kay on 01792 512 462 or email klemon@swanseawa.org.uk. If you have a service user involvement project that you wish to share, please contact sallyhughes@welshwomensaid.org.uk

    Women in Business Day at the BBC
    In order to increase the number of women in business who contribute to output on radio, television and online, BBC Wales is holding a free one day introduction to the world of broadcasting to give women an insight into how they work at the BBC, and to help build a network of female contributors.
    During the day there will be an opportunity for those selected to experience the practicalities of being interviewed in a radio station and on camera. There will also be an opportunity to meet production teams and other women in business.  
    Applicants will need to be:
    • Female
    • Able to speak knowledgeably about their specialist area
    • Not already a regular contributor to BBC Cymru Wales output
    • Live/work in west or south Wales
    • Available on November 21st, 2014 to attend an all-day event in Cardiff

    Up to a total of 18 places are available.
    To apply, follow this link – http://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/cymruwales/partnerships/womeninbusiness
    If you’d like more information about the event, please contact Catrin Griffith at expertwomencardiff@bbc.co.uk

    Training Opportunity
    Multi Agency Front Line Professionals Training Module - “Working with men who experience domestic abuse”
    One Day Course: November 19th 2014
    While the majority of victims are women, men do experience domestic abuse and need support.  It is often hard for men to get help in these situations because of fears about being ridiculed, or fear of not being believed.
    Training content includes:
    • Understanding the issues for men who experience domestic abuse
    • Barriers to disclosure
    • Assessing men on a scale from victim to perpetrator
    • How to use the Dyn assessment tool

    Venue: Safer Wales, 1st Floor, Castle House, Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BS     
    Cost:  £95.00
    This training will be useful for both managers and frontline professionals wishing to develop their understanding, in relation to providing appropriate responses to male clients experiencing domestic abuse.
    See here for further information and to book onto this course.

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3 million women across the UK experience rape, domestic violence, forced marriage, stalking, sexual exploitation, trafficking and other forms of violence every year.

End Violence Against Women

At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime — with the abuser usually someone known to her

United Nations, 2006

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is any sexual act where a person is forced to do something they don’t want to. They may be forced with threats of physical violence or just enough fear to make them comply with their abuser’s wishes. Sexual abuse of adults covers a range of inappropriate sexual behaviours that cause distress or harm to an individual. Sexual abuse can be actual or threatened and causes physical and emotional damage.

Sexual abuse can happen within a marriage. Marital rape is often unreported and unrecognised within a marriage even by those experiencing the abuse. Culturally, there is an assumption by many women that they have a ‘duty’ to satisfy their husband’s or partner’s sexual desires and demands even if they do not want to. But, rape is a crime, even if you know the person.

Sexual abuse within marriage may also cause the person experiencing the abuse to feel that it is their fault, or the attacker may act as if the abuse took place with the consent of the person being attacked, leading to confusion and guilt.

Sexual abuse includes:

·        Rape

·        Forcing someone into sexual activities against their will (for example when they say no, are ill or tired)

·        Using objects violently during sex

·        Forcing someone to have sex with another person when they do not wish to

·        Sharing sexual stories or images about you without your consent

·        Calling you sexual or derogatory names

·        Withholding sex or affection

·        Forcing someone to perform sexual acts in front of others when they do not want to

·        Forcing someone to mimic pornography

·        Forcing someone to be photographed or filmed during sex / whilst sexual abuse is taking place

·        Forcing someone to watch or look at pornography.

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

The Rape Crisis Centre can help you to find your nearest centre.