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  • 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. 

  • 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.

     

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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.