Wednesday 29th March 2017, London and Wales
We’re so pleased to announce that Cardiff Women’s Aid, in partnership with UK SAYS NO MORE and Hestia, have launched Wales-focused awareness initiative CYMRU SAYS NO MORE.
The CYMRU SAYS NO MORE campaign launched with a photo call for Wales’ assembly members outside the National Assembly For Wales, including Dawn Boden AM, Jenny Rathbone AM and Nasir Adam, in addition to members of the public keen to come and support the launch of the NO MORE campaign in Wales.
By Morgan Fackrell, Chief Executive at Cardiff Women’s Aid:
We have been serving the population of Cardiff for over forty-five years, and were one of the first Women’s Aid groups in the UK and arguably the first in Wales in our first iteration as Cardiff and Vale Women’s Aid.
Looking back to the past puts thing into context and informs how we see the future, but history isn’t important to the next woman that calls us in the middle of the night or walks in our front door at the Women’s Centre. Nor does it matter how much we understand the issues and have been working to end violence against women for decades to the communities and professionals in Cardiff and the Vale that we work for today.
Cardiff Women’s Aid has been at the forefront of developing and delivering innovative practice.
What matters is that we deliver services, including early intervention and prevention, that remain service user centred and focused, and that are always at the leading edge of evidence base practice. We are a specialist domestic violence and sexual assault agency delivering a wide portfolio of services which run from 24/7 crisis interventions, early identification and referral pathways, aftercare and healing services, prevention and education.
Cardiff Women’s Aid has been at the forefront of developing and delivering innovative practice, including the intake and assessment model of refuge, psychological advocacy, specialist children and young people’s services to name but three.
In partnership with Cardiff City Council we are also co-delivering a Gateway model which will test responses to the Welsh Government’s Ask and Act legislation. With clear pathways, stable and responsive referral routes into and out of specialist services and clear criteria for access to specialist services we are ensuring that all violence against women, domestic violence and sexual assault identified through the Ask and Act pathways are seamlessly and appropriately dealt with.
Cardiff Women’s Aid is also active in working for longer term solutions to domestic violence/abuse and sexual assault and remains a major contributor to the national violence against women and girls working group, which worked with Welsh Government on its violence against women/domestic violence legislation.
The Welsh legislation has at its heart a commitment and a duty on public servants to ask and act on any disclosure around domestic violence/abuse. A national training programme is in development to support public servants/professionals to be able to ask and act both appropriately and sensitively.
— Hestia (@Hestia1970) March 29, 2017
We are proud to be the lead partner of the UK says NO MORE campaign in Wales and brining a very Cymru says NO MORE perspective to this very important campaign.
Cardiff Women’s Aid will be working hard to make sure that our service design and delivery supports this major step forward in addressing domestic violence/abuse and sexual assault, and we will reflect this thinking in our public education and awareness programmes.
As such the NO MORE campaign is not only a robust and engaging awareness concept but also fits with our commitment to getting everyone involved in the work of social change so that we can, together, end domestic violence and sexual assault.
Made In Cardiff TV
Catch some snippets from the launch outside the National Assembly for Wales, as reported by Made In Cardiff TV’s Cardiff Crunch news team!
About UK SAYS NO MORE
Facilitated by Hestia – the UK SAYS NO MORE campaign involves a broad coalition of advocacy and service organisations, leading corporations, media companies and major advertising, branding, and design firms. The UK SAYS NO MORE campaign promotes the use of a new national symbol to express support for ending domestic violence and sexual assault in our society. The UK SAYS NO MORE signature pin, worn and displayed by influencers, people working in the field of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and members of the general public, will raise visibility, create awareness, encourage conversation, and help break the social stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault. You can find UK SAYS NO MORE on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Hestia are a charity working with adults and children in crisis, to bring about positive changes in their lives at a time when they need it most. We use almost 50 years of experience to support around 9,000 adults and children across London each year. We try to help anyone who needs us, whatever their circumstances. Across our broad range of services we help people find a permanent home, manage their finances, take care of their health, and access work, training or education, as well as providing emotional and practical support to help people succeed in their daily lives. We believe in empowering adults and children to have a voice in the choices that benefit them, their families and their local communities – to enable them to change their lives for the better, fulfil their aspirations and live the most independent, healthy and enriching lives possible.