Why do we exist?
Welsh Women’s Aid exists because a world without violence against women, domestic abuse, and sexual violence (VAWDASV) is possible and it will take collective effort to achieve it.
Our work is about joining the dots between survivors, support services, communities, institutions, and governments.
We are an intersectional feminist organisation. Our vision, mission, and values are founded on commitments to human rights, anti-discrimination, and freedom from oppression.
We are part of an international movement and a UK federation of four sister organisations, but we are independent, autonomous, and Wales-focused.
The fight to end VAWDASV in Wales is unique, because its political levers involve both devolved and non-devolved powers.
We exist to ensure that survivors and specialist services in Wales have a voice at all levels of government.
We exist to ensure that survivors across Wales get the right support when they need it.
We work to ensure that every one of our member organisations has equal access to resources and funding, and equal opportunity to influence the policies that affect their work.
What do we do?
We could never have anticipated that year 2 of this strategy would also be year 1 of a pandemic.
We have had to adjust in many ways, but our goals and ‘theory of change’ remain the same: prevent abuse, provide services, and work in partnership with survivors, specialist services, and other organisations.
Our strategic goals
Our Impact in 2021/22
The Covid-19 pandemic made this a rollercoaster year. Lockdown was behind us, but Omicron lay ahead. Restrictions gradually eased and then abruptly returned, cases dwindled and then spiked.
This constant change created challenges for us, our members, and for survivors across Wales, yet, as I believe this report demonstrates, we continue to rise to the challenge.
CEO, Welsh Women’s Aid
I was privileged to take on the role of Chair in November 2021 and would like to thank my predecessor, Paula Walters, for her hard work and stewardship of the organisation through some challenging years.
Along with my fellow trustees, many of whom have recently joined the Board, I will continue to drive forward our mission to end violence against women and girls. While many challenges remain, I am proud to say that Welsh Women’s Aid continues to confront structural oppression, support members, and ensure a space where survivors can live fear free.
Chair, Board of Trustees
As the spectre of pandemic fades in the rear view, so the a cost of living and financial crisis looms ahead.
The commitment in our five-year strategy remains firm: violence against women is neither inevitable nor unchangeable, but change is needed, change that lasts.
As we look to the year ahead, we will continue to build a wider movement of individuals and organisations committed to ending VAWDASV.
While helping VAWDASV services and survivors weather the storm, we will also strengthen community connections:
- Expanding our Organisational Supporter Scheme, forging more relationships with like-minded organisations large and small.
- Widening our Survivor Network, bringing more diverse voices into our policy and advocacy work.
- Growing the Ask Me community, increasing its reach by improving its accessibility and inclusivity.