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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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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.