Welsh Women’s Aid CEO to lead the Government of Victoria’s response to family violence and violence against women and children

Welsh Women’s Aid CEO, Eleri Butler, has been offered and accepted an exciting opportunity to lead “Family Safety Victoria” in Australia, from Spring 2020.  

Eleri has successfully led Welsh Women’s Aid since 2014 through a considerable period of change and growth, including the development of Welsh Women’s Aid’s long term Strategic Plan – Still We Rise. This provides an overview of the organisation’s considerable achievements under Eleri’s leadership and sets out the work and priorities of the federation over the next five years. 

As CEO of Family Safety Victoria, Eleri will be leading the delivery of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence and working to transform systems and services for survivors of abuse. The Government in Victoria is making significant investment into preventing violence and abuse and this presents Eleri with a fantastic opportunity to build on the success already achieved whilst taking forward the next phase of work to improve responses to violence and abuse. 


Paula Walters, Chair of Welsh Women’s Aid says 

“We are delighted that Eleri’s achievements have been recognised. Eleri has transformed and strengthened our governance, our partnerships and our work with members and with survivors, and her three decades experience in the violence against women sector has brought immense benefits to the work of our federation in Wales.”  

“Our Board of Trustees are committed to continual professional development and will now work to cover Eleri’s leave of absence by appointing a CEO to continue Eleri’s work and drive forward our Strategic Plan over the next few years. We would welcome women with leadership experience committed to our vision, values and objectives, to get in touch if they are interested in this opportunity, and every support will be provided by Trustees for the successful candidate.” 


Eleri Butler, CEO of Welsh Women’s Aid says:  

“I am incredibly privileged to have worked at Welsh Women’s Aid with such fantastic and hardworking colleaguesmember services and survivors over the last five yearsWe have achieved so much together, although there always remains so much more to do to prevent violence and abuse in Wales.” 

am delighted the Board has supported me to take this opportunity to join Family Safety Victoria next year. I’m honoured to be offered the chance to lead delivery of the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The significant investment Victoria is making into preventing violence and abuse is commendable and unprecedented, and I’m excited to be able to learn from and build on the considerable success already achieved. 

Violence against women and children, including family violence, isn’t inevitable, it is predictable and preventable with the necessary will and resourcesI’m committed to ensuring that the expertise held by those with lived experience, by diverse communities and by specialists continue to be central to my work to transform responses to violence and abuse”.  


For further details and an application to lead Welsh Women’s Aid, please see https://welshwomensaid.org.uk/workwithus/ from Friday 6th December 9.00am.