The Minister said that tackling domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women will be one of his top priorities. The campaign raises awareness of the ‘early warning signs’ of an abusive relationship, and publicises the ways in which the Wales Domestic Abuse helpline provides support to people experiencing domestic abuse.
The Welsh Assembly Government takes the problem of violence against women and domestic abuse very seriously, with an extra £1 million added to the violence against women and domestic abuse budget for next year, taking the total budget to £4.7 million.
Carl Sargeant said;
“Tackling domestic abuse and violence against women in one of my top priorities. It is unacceptable that domestic abuse is the single biggest killer of women under 35 and I want to renew our efforts to tackle this and the other forms of abuse that women face such as rape, sexual assault and forced marriage.
“I am pleased to continue supporting Welsh Women’s Aid, who provide an invaluable service to women experiencing domestic abuse, both through the helpline and through their network of refuges. We know that incidences of domestic abuse increase over the Christmas period and so I hope that the campaign will help women to identify the early warning signs of an abusive relationship, and will direct them to the support they need via the helpline.
“In the next few months I will be announcing further work in this area which will be complimented by the increase in next year’s violence against women and domestic abuse budget. The increased budget is a good example of the commitment the Welsh Assembly Government has already shown and will continue to show in tackling all forms of violence against women.“
18 December 2009