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  • Welsh Women’s Aid Welcome Supreme Court Judgment Police May Have Violated Joanna Michael’s Human Rights – Disappointed by Negligence Decision

     

  • Welsh Women's Aid Presents STILL WE RISE: Preventing violence against women in Wales 2 day conference

     

  • Wales and England's Women's Aid issue statement on 'Delilah'

    Women's Aid England and Wales issue statement on 'Delilah'

    Fri, 12th Dec 14

    Eleri Butler, CEO of Welsh Women's Aid and Polly Neate, CEO of Women's Aid Federation of Engand said:

    "We ask the Welsh Rugby Union not to actively promote singing the song 'Delilah' as many people sing this song and don't realise what it's about - it is a man singing about killing his female partner, and in England and Wales this happens to two real women every week. It's a well known and popular song, but its message is nothing to celebrate.”

    If you live in Wales you can phone the All Wales Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Helpline (freephone) on 0808 80 10 800. You will be able to speak personally to a professionally trained Helpline staff member.

    Read the full statement here.

  • Day 16: Welsh Women's Aid, A Day in the Life (Director of Operations, Gill Owens)

    Welsh Women’s Aid: A Day in the Life
    Director of Operations
    Gill Owens

    Every day in this role is different.  Since joining Welsh Women’s Aid in June 2014, originally to manage the business and support its staff during the period between Chief Executive Officers , that being Paula Hardy leaving us in the spring and Eleri Butler joining in November, it has been a real privilege to work in this sector and with some incredible people. I have spent a great deal of time talking with both staff and our member groups, gaining an in depth insight into the challenges faced not only by the victims that we support, day in, day out but also of the continual struggle that our members face to ensure there is sufficient support locally to help women and children fleeing domestic abuse,  find safe refuge from harm.

    It has been a whirlwind 6 months and in addition to working with our wonderful team in our Head office in Cardiff it has been my privilege to work with our delivery teams based in North Wales.  Spending time in Wrexham and Colwyn Bay Women Aid has given me first hand experience of the incredible work all our members and providers of Domestic Abuse do year in year out to ensure service users and victims are given the individual support they need, and as for our incredible staff in the All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence helpline.

    During this 16 Days of Action Welsh Women’s Aid has released a Survivor’s story each day, detailing the incredible stories of individuals’ journeys from fear and abuse into safety and reclaiming their lives and it makes me very proud of this sector. 

  • Stories of Hope & Survival: Day 16

    Dear past!
    Thank you for all of life’s
    lessons you’ve
    given me.
    Dear future, I’m ready now.

    Anonymous

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Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident, it is a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour through which the abuser exerts power and control over their victim.

 

Abuse in the home is not a rare problem, it is just rarely admitted as one

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Physical Abuse

Domestic abuse can take many different forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological/emotional abuse and financial abuse.

Physical abuse describes many different types of physical violence, assault and harm.

Physical abuse includes:

  • Hitting
  • Punching
  • Kicking
  • Scratching
  • Slapping
  • Biting
  • Scalding
  • Pulling hair
  • Poking
  • Pinching
  • Pushing
  • Shoving
  • Burning
  • Setting alight
  • Binding limbs
  • Tripping over
  • Choking
  • Beating
  • Cutting
  • Imprisonment
  • Starvation
  • Forced feeding
  • Using weapons
  • Deliberate dehydration
  • Twisting arms
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Stabbing
  • Shooting
  • Drowning
  • Torture
  • Attempted murder
  • Murder
  • Bruising
  • Scalding
  • Starving

Domestic abuse may increase when a person experiencing abuse tries to end the relationship, on separation or divorce or, during pregnancy and following the birth of a child. Domestic abuse has a harmful, sometimes even life threatening, impact on the mental wellbeing of those affected.