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  • Joint statement from Women’s Aid UK on Amnesty International decision to back decriminalisation of prostitution

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  • Minister visits Children Matter project in Abergavenny

    This week the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, visited Welsh Women’s Aid’s Children Matter project to see how it supports the delivery of domestic abuse prevention work in local services. 

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  • Welsh Women’s Aid welcomes new National Adviser appointment

    In response to the Welsh Government’s announcement today, of the appointment of Rhian Bowen-Davies as the new National Adviser for Violence against Women and other forms of Gender Based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, our CEO Eleri Butler said: “Welsh Women’s Aid has been working for nearly four decades in Wales to support survivors to achieve independence and freedom from abuse and to strengthen specialist services and responses, and we look forward to working closely with Rhian Bowen-Davies as the new National Adviser.

    "Rhian's experience of leading specialist services at a local level places her in an excellent position to deliver on the challenges we face in Wales to prevent violence and abuse. Most pressing is the need to secure national commitment to a long term funding strategy so that the national network of specialist refuge services across Wales can continue to provide a lifeline for so many abused women and children.

    "We hope the Adviser will place the experiences of survivors and specialist services at the centre of any new national Strategy for tackling violence against women in Wales. To achieve change that lasts, we need collective solutions that are needs-led and survivor-informed, focussing not only on the effects of abuse, but also on preventing violence and abuse from happening in the first place.

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  • Welsh Women’s Aid Briefing

    Response to the Welsh Government consultation: Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales
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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.