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#LiveFearFree20: Celebrating 20 Years of Impact of The Live Fear Free Helpline

–Yashiba Sanil, Communications and Campaigns Officer  For two decades, the Live Fear Free Helpline has been a vital resource for survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and all forms of violence against women in Wales. The Helpline began as a modest operation with a small team focused solely on addressing domestic abuse. This has today […]

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Former Welsh Women’s Aid CEO shares learning from Sabbatical

Former CEO of Welsh Women’s Aid, Eleri Butler, left Wales in February 2020 to lead the Government of Victoria’s response to family violence and deliver on the State Government’s Royal Commission recommendations to transform systems and services for survivors of abuse. As Deputy Secretary and CEO at the Department for Families Fairness and Housing, including […]

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State of the Sector 2023-24

Critical investment needed to guarantee support for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Wales    Following a recent visit to the UK, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against women and girls declared violence against women a “national threat”.  Research published today by Welsh Women’s Aid demonstrates that while rates of violence […]

A Guide to Meaningful Survivor Engagement

Funded by the CAF Covid 19 Emergency Fund, the four Women’s Aid Federations (Welsh Women’s Aid, Scottish Women’s Aid, Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland, Women’s Aid Federation of England) and Imkaan (the only UK-based, umbrella women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls) have been working to create and develop […]

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Statement on the Suspension of Rhys ab Owen MS

The allegations against Rhys ab Owen MS are deeply concerning. The Senedd’s Code of Conduct sets a standard that all Members should conduct themselves to. A report by the Standards of Conduct Committee has found that Rhys ab Owen MS has fallen short of these standards. When this standard isn’t upheld there needs to be […]

#HerVerse: Harnessing the Power of Poetry for Change

–Yashiba Sanil, Communications and Campaigns Officer  As we approach International Women’s Day, we are excited to share our poetry campaign: #HerVerse.   In a world where women’s voices have historically been silenced or side-lined, poetry and spoken words have served as powerful tools for social justice, awareness, healing, and empowerment. Through #HerVerse, we aim to amplify […]

VAWG Sector Letter to Chancellor Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Welsh Women’s Aid, alongside sector colleagues, sent the following joint letter to Chancellor Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP setting out concerns; these concerns are felt acutely in Wales as well as England.   Ahead of the Spring Budget on 6 March, leading national organisations representing violence against women and girls (VAWG) services in England and […]

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Welsh Women’s Aid statement on the conflict in Gaza

Welsh Women’s Aid condemns the disproportionate and ongoing violence carried out against innocent civilians in Gaza. We also condemn the Hamas attacks on innocent civilians on 7th October. A humanitarian ceasefire is urgently needed to put an end to the killings, the violence and the suffering. Women and girls often face many forms of violence […]

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Statement on Welsh Government Response to South Wales Fire & Rescue Service Review

Welsh Women’s Aid welcomes the decisive action taken by the Welsh Government in response to the revelations of sexual misconduct and assault within the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) following an independent investigation. The findings and disclosures of the brave survivors working under this misogynistic culture are deeply concerning. We know there is […]

Sexual Violence Awareness Week

–Yashiba Sanil, Communications and Campaigns Officer  TW: Sexual abuse and violence Sexual Violence Awareness Week: 5th – 11th February 2024 Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week provides the opportunity for individuals and organisations to have conversations about these important issues. This year, it takes place from the 5th – 11th February. We thought we […]

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Celebrating St. Dwynwen’s Day: Shedding Light on Sexual Violence Awareness in Wales

–Yashiba Sanil, Communications and Campaigns Officer  Trigger warning: mentions of domestic abuse, sexual violence, sexual assault, abuse, rape, forced marriage, coercive control, mental health. Introduction: On 25th January every year, Wales dedicates a day to celebrate love and resilience. St. Dwynwen’s Day honors the Welsh patron saint of lovers. However, behind the commonly known narrative […]

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16 Days: Art and Activism

Art and activism form an incredible partnership, merging creativity with advocacy to drive meaningful change. Through various mediums, artists spark conversations, challenge norms, and amplify voices for justice, transcending barriers and inspiring empathy.  At Welsh Women’s Aid, we’ve discovered an incredible force in merging art with activism—an alliance that sparks conversations, challenges norms, and ignites […]

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Live Fear Free: The people behind the helpline

The Live Fear Free helpline, managed by Welsh Women’s Aid, provides support for anyone who has experienced, or is experiencing, violence against women, domestic abuse, or sexual violence, or for anyone concerned about a friend or relative. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. A team […]

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Approaching VAWDASV Through an Intersectional Lens 

Understanding intersectionality  According to  Kimberlé Crenshaw, intersectionality in the most fundamental sense reflects how sociocultural, economic, and political factors such as race, class, gender, sexuality, and other individual characteristics overlap and influence people differently. The term intersectionality has expanded from this original context to an approach that offers a lens through which we can see […]

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From Suffrage Pioneers to Modern Trailblazers: Welsh Women’s Enduring Legacy of Empowerment

Trigger Warning: Murder, violence against women and girls,   The International Day for Elimination of Violence, marked in calendars on 25th November, signals the beginning of 16 Days of activism ending on 10th December with Human Rights Day. The days are signified as a global unified call to eliminate violence against women and girls around […]

Change That Lasts for Wales, Manifesto 2023

We want a world in which women and children live fear free from domestic abuse, sexual violence and all forms of violence against women, and by doing so achieve independence, freedom and liberation from oppression.  Today we’re launching a manifesto that seeks to prioritise violence against women and girls, domestic abuse and sexual violence (VAWDASV) […]

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