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  • 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. 

  • New WWA Chief Executive Announced

    Welsh Women’s Aid is pleased to announce that Eleri Butler MBE has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the organisation and will be joining us from January 2015 to help us grow further as the lead organization working to end violence against women and domestic abuse in Wales. Our first priority is always to protect the safety of women and children affected by these terrible forms of abuse, and with the vast knowledge, experience and leadership of Eleri we are confident of even greater successes to come.

     

  • New Wales Bill to prevent violence against women welcomed by Welsh Women’s Aid

    Welsh Women’s Aid welcomes the Welsh Government’s ‘Gender Based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill’ which has been introduced to the National Assembly for Wales today.


    This Bill presents a significant opportunity for Wales to lead the way in the UK in reducing and preventing domestic abuse, sexual violence and all forms of gendered-based violence.

     

  • Minister launches Wrexham Domestic Abuse Campaign

    Local Government Minister, Lesley Griffiths AM voiced her support for a campaign tackling domestic abuse in Wrexhamon Friday the 22nd of May. Reducing incidence of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence and repeat victimisation is a priority for the Welsh Government and for Wrexham Community Safety Partnership.

    A critical part of the Partnership’s work is to increase public confidence in reporting incidents of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence and to also improve support for victims of abuse. The Partnership’s publicity campaign, will improve public awareness ensure victims of domestic abuse are aware of the support available. 

  • Curriculum for Wales – Call for Evidence

    Professor Graham Donaldson is actively seeking views and opinions for his review of the national curriculum and assessment arrangements. WWA will be submitting evidence around the need for a Whole School Approach to ending VAW through compulsory initiatives and support for pupils, as outlined in the White Paper on the ‘Ending Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill’ recently.

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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.