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COVID 19: ONE YEAR ON

Joint Statement with sister organisations: Women’s Aid Federation England, Imkaan, Women’s Aid Northern Ireland, EVAW, Welsh Women’s Aid, Scottish Women’s Aid COVID 19 – One Year On Statement March 2021 A year ago, our organisations came together to issue an urgent call to action to protect women and children experiencing domestic abuse, sexual violence, forced…

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Resources for survivors and bystanders as COVID-19 restrictions change

With increased opportunities to meet up it is important that we know how to safely respond and signpost anyone wanting support. This might be someone’s first opportunity to reach out for support. We want everyone across our communities and all survivors to know support is available. The Live Fear Free Helpline (0808 80 10 800) will…

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The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions do not justify abuse.

We have seen an exposure of domestic and sexual abuse during the pandemic, but it was at epidemic levels before. We know that domestic homicide is not an inevitable result of the current restrictions, but is a result of male violence against women and perpetrators must be held to account. Between 2009-2018, The Femicide Census recorded 1,425 women murdered by men in the UK, with…

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Women of Covid Campaign Apology

Welsh Women’s Aid would like to thank Women Connect First and all who have responded for taking the time to rightly point out this fundamental issue with the Women of Covid 19 list. It is not the responsibility of women of colour to educate white women on racism and exclusion- this is entirely on us,…

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Creating Change that Lasts: Responding to VAWDASV following the COVID-19 Pandemic Roundtable

Alongside the Covid 19 pandemic runs a shadow pandemic[1] of violence against women and girls. During the lockdown period, contact with Wales’ national helpline Live Fear Free rose by up to 49%, call time trebled with those making contact often reporting more frequent abuse with shorter escalation periods. Visits to the Live Fear Free website…

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COVID-19 Guidance and Advice for Survivors and Support Networks

Together with over 25 other organisations across the UK, we have created an accessible safety and wellbeing resource for survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and other forms of gender based violence. The resource outlines some key numbers, contacts and spaces for support. Remember that you are an expert in your own situation and only…

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Welsh Women’s Aid stresses urgent need for funding for support services due to COVID-19

Today, we have publicly released our letter to Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt stating that we are deeply concerned that despite previous correspondence with Welsh Government, there has been no ringfenced emergency funding provided to specialist support services to meet the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. Services providing violence against women, domestic abuse and…

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COVID 19 Bystander Toolkit

Self-isolation and social distancing may increase violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence and have an impact on survivors’ safety and support networks. Now more than ever, it is vital that we understand violence and abuse and support the needs of survivors. Community response and social solidarity is even more vital in tackling violence…

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COVID-19 Guidance for Perpetrator Services: Key points for practitioners

The safety of survivors and their children are the purpose of perpetrator programmes. Welsh Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for services for perpetrators of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence has been produced to enable that. Placing an emphasis on safeguarding, this guidance exists to support practitioners to continue delivering vital services throughout these…

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Statement on the use of hotels & B&Bs to supplement refuge space during the COVID 19 pandemic

Early evidence from China, as well as learning from other global pandemics, shows potential increases in Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV)[1]. This comes at a time when specialist services are also under significant strain due to staff shortages and having to adapt services to ensure they can be provided in a…

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Responding to Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence during the COVID 19 Pandemic

Updated 02 April 2020 Introduction Specialist services have been taking action in light of the current and developing situation with COVID 19 and violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence (VAWDASV). Welsh Women’s Aid continues to consult with our membership to ensure we’re responding to the consistently evolving situation, and that specialist services will…

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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

This page was last updated on 1 July 2020 In light of the current and developing situation with Coronavirus, violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence (VAWDASV) services are taking action to continue to provide the lifesaving and lifechanging support to those who need it in Wales as well as protecting survivors and staff…

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Our concerns following the verdict on the killing of Ruth Williams

UPDATED FOLLOWING THE DECISION OF THE COURT OF APPEAL TO UPHOLD SENTENCING ON 30 APRIL 2021. Many people have expressed their shock by the leniency in the case of the killing of Ruth Williams by her husband and the decision of the Court of Appeal to uphold the sentencing.   There is significant concern of the precedent this case…

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Ask Me Face to Face Training

Our face to face Ask Me course is a 12 – 14 hour course usually delivered over 2 days in a group setting. Currently all of our face to face training is paused due to COVID-19 and we have no upcoming dates planned. If you are keen to take part, please have a look at…

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Support still available for survivors throughout lockdown

This festive season, Welsh Women’s Aid want survivors and their loved ones to know that help and support are available whenever they need it. With a lockdown brought in across Wales at midnight on December 20th, there will be less opportunities to meet with friends and family this Christmas and the amount of time spent…

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Lockdown resources – support is available 24/7 over Christmas and New Year

Over the Christmas period and into the New Year there are going to be changes in Wales to the COVID-19 guidance. The Live Fear Free Helpline (0808 80 10 800) will be available 24/7 for anyone who is concerned about their own situation, or the situation of a neighbour, friend, or family member. We are…

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Time to Act on Sustainability- Welsh Women’s Aid State of the Sector 2020

It’s Time to Act on Sustainability  This year’s State of the Sector report, Time to Act on Sustainability, focuses on the practicalities and necessity of delivering Welsh Government’s commitment to developing a model of sustainable funding for the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Sector. It demonstrates the case for sustainable funding for specialist services,…

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The Mirabal Sisters- a History of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women begins the 16 Days of Activism, which ends on December 10th with Human Rights Day. During these 16 days, people all over the world unite to raise awareness and campaign about ending gender-based violence, The…

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Survey launched into sexual harassment in the workplace

Welsh Women’s Aid is launching its biggest campaign to-date to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace, and we want to hear from as many people across Wales as possible. Our survey aims to gather insight on sexual harassment and how Covid-19 has impacted women’s experiences of this in the workplace. You can access the survey…

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Children and Young People Support Campaign Toolkit

Introduction Prior to Covid-19 Welsh Women’s Aid conducted research on the specialist services available across Wales to children and young people who have experienced all forms of abuse and found a sector significantly under-resourced against the need. Since March 2020 that situation has only been exacerbated, as specialist services employ increasingly creative methods to engage…

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