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  • Trustee Vacancies at Amman Valley Women's Aid

    There are vacancies on the Board of Trustees at Amman Valley Women's Aid.

    If you are interested in the postions, email avwatrustees@hotmail.co.uk or alternatively, ring Becky Issac or Jane Gould on 01269 597474 to request an application pack.

  • Walk a Mile In Her Shoes 2014

    Welsh Women’s Aid

    Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® 2014

    There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women's shoes. It's not easy walking in these shoes, but it is fun and it gets the community to talk about something that's really difficult to talk about: gender relations and sexual violence.

    On the 6th December Welsh Women’s Aid are asking men from all over Wales to join us for this one mile walk in high heels in recognition of the role you have to play in ending violence against women. It is a fun way of raising awareness and getting people talking!

     

    Date: 6th December 2014

    Time: meet 1.30pm

    Meeting place: Unite the Union, 1 Cathedral Rd, Cardiff CF11 9SD

     

    The walk will end at Porters Bar with speeches from Torchwood star, Gareth David Lloyd

    Any bright woman’s shoe is to be worn by participants. Welsh Women’s Aid are happy to provide shoes for you, please advise us of your shoe size on the registration form. People of any gender identity are also welcome to support and take part in the event.

     

    To enquire about the walk or to book your place please email; beckyjones@welshwomensaid.org.uk or download the registration pack; www.welshwomensaid.org.uk

     

    For more information on the ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ international campaign please visit http://www.walkamileinhershoes.org/

     

    Welsh Women’s Aid is grateful for the sponsorship provided by ITCS, Go Compare and Unite the Union

    If you are interested in taking part in Welsh Women's Aid's second Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, please read the information below and complete the registration form and declaration.

    Participant's Declaration

    Registration Form

     

     

     

  • Welsh Women’s Aid response to Home Office: Strengthening the Law on Domestic Abuse Consultation

    Welsh Women’s Aid responded to the Home Office Consultation regarding Strengthening the Law when concerning Domestic Abuse.

    To view our full response, click here.

  • All Parliamentary Groups Enquiry

    Welsh Women’s Aid responded to the All Parliamentary groups enquiry in to cuts to funding of Services across Wales.

    Thank you to all members who responded with evidence which we used as the basis for the response.

    Click here to view the full response.

  • Helpline Partnership Working

    Helpline Partnership Working


    The helpline has been working in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board for a number of years. Last month marked a milestone as the helpline completed the 1000th CAADA-Dash RISK Identification Checklist for MARAC agencies.


    Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) are regular local meetings where information about high risk domestic abuse victims (those at risk of murder or serious harm) is shared between local agencies. By bringing all agencies together at a MARAC, and ensuring that whenever possible the voice of the victim is represented by the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate, a risk focused, co-ordinated safety plan can be drawn up to support the victim.

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It is estimated that around 3 million women across the UK experience rape, domestic violence, forced marriage, stalking, sexual exploitation, trafficking and other forms of violence every year. This is the equivalent to the population of Wales.

Report of the Secretary General, 2006

At least 12 women die each year in the UK as a result of 'honour'-based killing

Fawcett Society (2009)

What is Violence Against Women?

'Any act of gender based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life’ - 1993 Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Violence Against Women Covers

•         Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is the actual or threatened physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial abuse of a woman by a partner, family member or someone with whom there is, or has been, a close relationship. This abuse also relates to the perpetrator allowing or causing a child to witness, or be at risk of witnessing, domestic abuse."

•         Sexual Violence, abuse and exploitationRape Crisis / SARC

Sexual violence includes a range of different behaviours, many of which - such as sexual assault or rape - are crimes. Sexual abuse is often a component of domestic violence - for example, partners and former partners may use force, threats or intimidation to engage in sexual activity; they may taunt or use degrading treatment related to sexuality, force the use of pornography, or force their partners to have sex with other people.  Rape and sexual assault are crimes, whether or not they take place within marriage or between partners or ex-partners.

•         Stalking and harassment –  Protection Against Stalking

Stalking is a form of harassment generally comprised of repeated persistent following with no legitimate reason and with the intention of harming, or so as to arouse anxiety or fear of harm in the person being followed. Stalking may also take the form of harassing telephone calls, computer communications, letter-writing, etc

•         TraffickingBAWSO / Poppy Project

Sexual Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation (within national or across international borders),transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation.  Sexual trafficking is accomplished by means of fraud, deception, threat of or use of force, abuse of a position of vulnerability, and other forms of coercion

•         Female Genital MutilationBAWSO / Forward

Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or injure female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

•         Forced MarriageBAWSO Henna Foundation / Forced Marriage Unit

A forced marriage is a marriage conducted without valid consent of one or both parties, and some form of duress is involved. This could be emotional pressure – for example, parents may insist that rejection of this marriage partner would bring shame to the family; or arrangements for marriage might be made (perhaps abroad) without intended bride being told the purpose of the trip.

•         Crimes committed in the name of honourBAWSOHenna Foundation

Honour Based Violence can be distinguished from other forms of violence, as it is often committed with some degree of approval and/or collusion from family and / or community members. Examples may include murder, un-explained death (suicide), fear of or actual forced marriage, controlling sexual activity, domestic abuse (including psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse), child abuse, rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment, threats to kill, assault, harassment, forced abortion. This list is not exhaustive.

VAW denies women and girls the most fundamental human rights- life, liberty, bodily integrity, freedom of movement and dignity of the person.