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Campaigning and influencing

We campaign to improve practice and services for survivors of violence and abuse,  and work to influence and improve law and policy in Wales, the UK, in Europe and internationally.

We speak out about things that matter to people who have experienced abuse, and to the services that support them, in order to raise awareness about important, but often ignored, issues.

We make sure that the voices and experiences of survivors and of specialist services are central to all we do.

We need your support to help us successfully campaign to influence change. For more information, or to get involved with a particular campaign, email [email protected].

Our current campaigns include:

  • 05 May, 2021

    Toolkit on the Rights of VAWDASV survivors subject to Immigration Control

    This resource has been developed in response to the need identified by Welsh Women’s Aid’s membership and Helpline staff for all workers in frontline VAWDASV services to understand the rights and entitlements of survivors who are subject to immigration control, and the corresponding duties on public services. This resource does not seek to advise on…

  • 19 November, 2020

    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…

  • 16 April, 2020

    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…

  • 17 June, 2019

    Joint Recommendations for the Domestic Abuse Bill

    Joint Recommendations for the Domestic Abuse Bill The Domestic Abuse Bill, and supporting non-legislative programme of work, has been called a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver a step change in the identification of and response to domestic abuse. On welcoming the UK Government’s draft Bill, we are also clear the remit and focus must be wider…

  • 12 July, 2018


    As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations we have launched #Future40 – a campaign that will run throughout 2018. #Future40 focuses on what survivors of violence, their families, communities and people across Wales want to achieve over the next 40 years in order to end all forms of violence against women. We are calling on…

  • 12 July, 2018

    Housing Matters Wales

    Welsh Women’s Aid has joined with Cymorth Cymru and Community Housing Cymru to launch the #HousingMattersWales campaign. Together we are saying funding must be increased for the Housing Support Grant, which delivers homelessness prevention and housing-related support services in Wales. The Housing Support Grant is the Welsh Government’s principal funding stream for preventing homelessness and…

  • 30 March, 2016

    Save Refuges, Save Lives

    We’re calling for long-term funding for specialist support services across Wales, so that women and children can access lifesaving support. Last year in Wales, 388 survivors of domestic abuse could not be accommodated by refuges because there was no space available where and when they needed help. Together we can change this. Campaign success In…

Today @WelshGovernment launched the #VAWDASV Strategy 22-26. The ambition for Wales to be ‘the safest place to be a woman’ is a bold one considering the reality of epidemic rates of violence and abuse far too many are experiencing. Our full statement:

Yesterday from WelshWomensAid's Twitter