November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Domestic violence can affect women of all ages, from all social classes and all races. Shockingly, in Wales and England, 2 women a week are killed by a current or former partner and 10,000 women a week experience sexual abuse.
This is absolutely unacceptable and as the First Minister said, ‘it is unfathomable that, in the UK today we call ourselves civilised’ when so any women are experiencing domestic violence.
I was the first coordinator of Welsh Women’s Aid and believe strongly that we must do all we can to eliminate violence against women which is a devastating human rights violation and persistent obstacle to achieving full equality.
The Welsh Government is determined to tackle domestic violence; passing landmark legislation (The Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015) and earlier this year, the First Minister committed to making Wales a world-leader in women’s rights and gender equality, and to making Wales the safest country in Europe for women.
I recently attended a vigil at the Senedd, sponsored by Joyce Watson AM, and I was proud to march with BAWSO friends to Llandaff Cathedral for the annual Light a Candle event to mark White Ribbon Day.
For the past 8 years BAWSO- the all -Wales organisation delivering specialist services to people from Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) backgrounds who are affected by abuse-has led in organising this multi-faith event to commemorate International White Ribbon Day.
I pay tribute to BAWSO and to Atal Y Fro, (formerly, Women’s Aid Vale of Glamorgan,) which provides support for women and children within the Vale of Glamorgan who have experienced, or are experiencing domestic violence.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence, have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence, or are worried about a friend or relative who is experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence – call the All Wales Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Helpline for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. UK Freephone : 0808 8010 800 Or visit: https://livefearfree.gov.wales/?skip=1&lang=en