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Working together to end domestic violence and abuse.

Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews has announced that Calan DVS’s CEO, Rhian Bowen-Davies, has been appointed as Wales’ first National Adviser for Violence against Women and other forms of Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.


The Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill was passed by the Welsh Assembly in March this year, and it then received Royal Assent at the end of April to become an Act.

The Act focuses on improving leadership and accountability across Wales, raising awareness and understanding and improving consistency and quality of service provision. In line with this is the appointment of a National Advisor, the first position of its kind in the UK.

Following her appointment as National Advisor for Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse, and Sexual Violence Rhian said “I'm delighted to have been appointed as Wales' first National Adviser. The Act demonstrates Wales' commitment to tackling all forms of violence against women, gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

I look forward to taking up this appointment and working with stakeholders and survivors to make a real difference here in Wales.”

Calan DVS will be sad to see Rhian leave in September, but everyone here is very proud of what she has achieved both personally and as leader of Calan DVS. Rhian has taken the organisation from strength to strength, and we are sure she will only do the same in this groundbreaking position.

Congratulations Rhian.