Our Impact 2022-23

How we're creating change that lasts

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 are truly an all-Wales organisation. Our 20 member organisations and our Live Fear Free helpline give direct support, information, and advice to VAWDASV survivors.

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?

Our work in Wales began over forty years ago. This year has been the penultimate year of our strategy, ‘Still We Rise,’ a strategy built on the expertise developed over that time.

The challenges of a post pandemic landscape and the biting cost of living crisis have been vast, but our aims remain the same: to prevent abuse, to provide services and work in partnership with survivors, specialist services and other organisations.

Our strategic goals

What's next?

As we come to the end of our five-year strategy, we know we face a difficult future ahead, as demand on services remains high and specialist service funding sustainability has reached a crisis point.

Our dedication to eradicating VAWDASV persists, and we will persevere in looking forwards as we continue our efforts to raise awareness of the key issues we face, to represent Welsh specialist services to the best of our ability and ensure the voices of survivors always remain at the core of our work.

We will need further support from the government, from the community and from individuals to achieve our ultimate goal of ending VAWDASV, but we believe this is possible.