Cynon Valley AM hears about interventions to support domestic abuse victims


Local AM Vikki Howells joined Welsh Government Housing Minister Rebecca Evans on a visit to a Cynon Valley based project that supports young women escaping from domestic abuse.

The Young Women’s Project, run by charitable housing association Hafan Cymru, provides a safe refuge for young women fleeing violence or troubled lives, whilst also supporting them into work or education.

The project is funded out of the £3 million the charity receives from the Welsh Government Supporting People Programme Grant – the purpose of the visit was to highlight the good use to which the money is put.

Cynon Valley AM Vikki Howells said:-

“Supporting the most vulnerable is at the heart of what a Labour Government stands for.

“I was proud to take Welsh Government Minister Rebecca Evans AM to see the wonderful work being done by Hafan Cymru in my constituency.

“I wish them well for the future and will do all I can to support their work helping young women affected by domestic abuse”.

The visit came as the Welsh Government launched a new campaign to show the importance of a positive intervention for someone experiencing, or who has experienced, violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The ‘Don’t be a Bystander’ campaign aims to create a culture across Wales where people are empowered to actively help prevent violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Vikki Howells AM said:-

“I really welcome this campaign which shows the Welsh Government’s continued focus on tackling violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

“I want to encourage everyone to act, asking someone if they are ok or making them aware that help is available at the Live Fear Free helpline.

“There is specialist support out there from groups like Hafan Cymru, but people affected by domestic abuse must be empowered to take the first step to start accessing it.

“This is where campaigns like Don’t be a Bystander are so important”.

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