One of our service users has asked us to share this poem which she has written about her own personal experience:
The Neath Soroptimist International group have recently donated a large amount of much-needed toiletries and dressing gowns for every room in Calan DVS’s Neath Port Talbot refuges.
We have set up an Amazon Wish List for each of our refuges , they have great gift ideas that you can donate to our charity.
I am Judy Hargreaves, a Child Worker covering the Powys Area. The major part of my job as child support co-ordinator is visiting Primary and Secondary schools in South Powys giving one to one therapeutic support to children who have experienced domestic abuse.
Calan DVS has appointed Rachael Eagles as our new Chief Executive.
Rachael has been acting as interim CEO since December of last year whilst the recruitment process for our new head has been underway.
Katy Connelly shares her day in the life of a domestic abuse support worker. I work in Ystradgynlais, South Powys and my day usually starts around 9am, but this can change depending on the needs of the service.
It has been widely reported in the media today (Saturday 18 February) that the UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May is taking the initiative by planning to develop a new law to tackle domestic violence and abuse.
For many, February 14th is a day to show your loved one just how much you care and love them. It’s a special day for romantic gestures such as buying chocolates or flowers or planning a dinner date for two.
Be Aware Productions is planning to perform a brand new production, Enough is Enough, which will be touring Wales during January and February 2017.
Days at refuge vary so much that I could not possibly write all the different scenarios that happen here. You can plan your day in your diary and then a crisis happens when you walk through the door which requires immediate attention and engulfs the majority if the day. Luckily we have a good support network of staff that you can pull on in a crisis to ensure that clients are still seen.
So here goes… A day in the life of a First Contact, Advice and Engagement Worker starts with checking my emails. The emails that are normally in first thing in the morning are referrals from the Live Fear Free Helpline.
This week marks the first anniversary of the “One Stop Shop’ domestic abuse advice and information service which is run from Bridgend County Borough Councils’ Civic Office every week day from 8.30am –5.30pm.
Last New Year’s Day saw more than the traditional Welsh Rugby derby between the Scarlets and the Ospreys at Parc Y Scarlets.
It can be difficult for families who are staying in our refuges or who have experienced/ are experiencing domestic abuse, but it can be extra difficult at this time of year.
Mike Dix-Williams, Assistant Project Manager our BRAVE Early Intervention Project (EIP) is to be presented with a National Volunteer Award for his campaigning efforts by the national charity Epilepsy Action.
We were honoured to be invited to Cynnfig Comprehensive School in Bridgend by three students, Nia, Lacey and Brittany. These three girls had chosen our service to research and do a presentation about to show others about the how big a social issue domestic abuse is. Their presentation was one of 6 from 25 that had been chosen to be entered into a competition to win part of a cash prize for their chosen charity.
Calan DVS is delighted to have been involved with delivering training to South Wales Police in partnership with other agencies for Welsh Women’s Aid.
Calan’s newest team based in Radnor have launched a peer support group which is open to all women who may have or are experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
The Welsh Government has published a new National Strategy that set out how they are planning to continue to tackle Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence – 2016 to 2021.
Calan DVS is very pleased to welcome today’s launch of the Manifesto for Girls’ Rights in Wales.
Radnorshire Women’s Aid merged as a single organisation with Calan Domestic Violence Services (Calan DVS). Radnorshire Women’s Aid joined Calan DVS on 1st October 2016.
The Calan DVS Amman Valley team has proudly taken delivery of 30 Buddy Bags after signing up to the national Buddy Bag Foundation scheme.
Calan DVS is running the annual NO vember campaign across all of its teams which will also events around White Ribbon* on Friday, 25th November 2016. This year’s theme is all about shoes, following on from many of the successful campaigns we have run over previous years.
As the long summer holiday draws to an end, we reflect on the trips that were funded by BBC’s Children In Need and organised by Judy Hargreaves, Children Support Coordinator in South Powys.
Children who are living with us in our refuges had an extra treat when we were given free tickets for the Odeon cinema by Kids Out (The fun and happiness charity).
The Violence Against Women Domestic Abuse (VAWDA) team has launched a consultation process as part of the Welsh Government’s National Strategy on Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence - A framework for delivery 2016 – 2021.
Calan DVS has been invited by Welsh Women’s Aid to provide information for a research project that explores ex-armed service personnel’s experience with domestic abuse.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) Panel was set up on 2015 following revelations of the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal.
The team from Calan DVS Amman Valley have supported their local community by taking part in the Ammanford Big Day Out.
This event took place on Saturday 16th July, organised by Ammanford Rotary Club along with Ammanford Enterprise Partnership & Carmarthenshire County Council. It is an annual event run in Ammanford packed with activities, stalls and general promotion of the local community.
The local Calan DVS staff decided to take a stall to raise awareness of the work we do and to raise the profile of the organisation within the local community. Despite the weather, the event was a great success! They handed out freebies (wrist bands, pens, balloons, sweets, etc) and were visited by many men, women and children who discussed Calan’s work with them, and took away information leaflets.
Current service users came along to show their support, and the stall was also visited by some past service users. It was really rewarding to see how far they’ve come since receiving support from the charity. They also gave information for potential new referrals who may require our services in the near future.
Following the delivery of a successful pilot and tender application, Calan DVS have been awarded the contract to deliver the High Risk Intervention Service for Bridgend County Borough Council.
Here at Calan DVS we are committed to raising awareness of domestic abuse through education
Welsh Women’s Aid (WWA) recently facilitated workshops to discuss barriers and explore WWA’s recently developed policy and procedures to support trans survivors of domestic abuse
The Calan DVS team in South Powys is setting up a Peer Support Group to provide a continuation of support for people who have experienced the issues of domestic abuse.
Welsh Women’s Aid is following the lead taken by the Women’s Aid Federation of England who have launched a Child First campaign.
The Calan DVS South Powys Team made the move to new offices at the beginning of February to reflect the expansion of services, particularly in the community.
The new support mechanism to be piloted across South Wales and selected counties in England by domestic abuse charities SafeLives and Respect is very positive step forward in helping to combat domestic violence and abuse.
Calan Domestic Violence Services is highlighting the issue of increased reporting of domestic abuse that is evident during times of key sporting events including the Six Nations which started on 6 February 2016.
We are looking to augment our current Board of Trustees to help drive forward our continuous development and success.
Calan Domestic Violence Services is now recruiting for a Part Time Domestic Abuse Support Worker (Job Share) in Brecon.
The Welsh Government has released a new video as part of their series of videos to promote the strengthening of leadership in Wales as a way to tackle domestic violence and abuse.
White Ribbon Day is am annual campaign created by men that aims to stand against domestic abuse and violence against women.
Welsh Women’s Aid held their Annual General Meeting on November 17th, alongside their partnership seminar on preventing violence against women, domestic abuse & sexual violence, which coincides with the recent enactment of some of the core sections of the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015.
November is historically a month where domestic abuse is seen more in the spotlight through the use of various campaigns.
The Rugby World Cup is now in full swing, and with the tournament being hosted in the UK this year, the feeling of excitement and competition is certainly more palpable than usual. That’s not to mention the startling winning pace the Welsh team seem to have built up in their first few games.
Following the departure of our previous CEO, Rhian Bowen-Davies, Calan is pleased to announce that we have appointed a new CEO, Katie Blackburn.
Due to organisational growth and development over the past 12 months we have further opportunities to join our dynamic team:
Domestic abuse still stands at shockingly high numbers in Wales and the UK, with 1 in 15 women and 1 in every 33 men experiencing domestic abuse in their relationship each year, and every week 2 women die at the hands of their partner or ex-partner.
Calan DVS has recently launched an Early Intervention and Prevention Service in partnership with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council’s Think Family Partnership and Team around the Family.
On July 13th, the Welsh Government launched the next phase of their ‘Live Fear Free’ campaign – ‘On Your Street’.
CALAN DVS is an innovative organisation providing early intervention, support and prevention services for individuals and families experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
Following a period of significant growth and organisational development we have the following opportunities to join the team.
Calan DVS is a leading provider of Domestic Abuse services across South Wales delivering a comprehensive range of support to individuals,families and young people including refuge, community based and preventative initiatives.
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.
Calan DVS is a specialist domestic abuse organisation providing services for individuals and families.
Working with women and children the Domestic Abuse team delivering specialist, intensive support.
Domestic Abuse Refuge Support Worker - Providing Maternity Cover
Salary - £19,160 pro rata. Hours – Full time, 37.5 hours / week
Calan DVS is a specialist domestic abuse organisation providing services for individuals and families.
Working with women and children the Domestic Abuse team will deliver specialist, intensive support.
Domestic Abuse Refuge Support Worker x 1 Post
Salary - £19,160 pro rata. Hours – Part time, 15 hours / week
At the end of April, from the 20th – 24th, it was National Stalking Awareness Week in the UK, led by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and the Stalking Helpline. This year also marks the fifth anniversary of the helpline.
The Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill was passed by the Welsh Assembly in March this year, and it has now received Royal Assent and has become an Act of the Assembly.
Calan Domestic Violence Service delivers expert, specialist and independent domestic violence and abuse services to individuals and families through a range of delivery methods including specialist risk and needs assessments, individually tailored support packages and evidence based interventions.
Calan DVS currently has the following job opportunities available:
Domestic Abuse Support Worker - part time - Bridgend
Fixed term contract to 30th September 2017
Salary: £19, 160 per annum (pro rata)
Hours: Part time – (32 hours / week)
Location: Bridgend including Calan DVS premises and any other locations required to fulfil this role.
The post holder will be required to work with individuals and alongside families providing practical support and evidence-based interventions as part of a co-ordinated, holistic approach to support.
In addition, the post-holder will be required to participate in the On Call rota to cover evenings and weekends on a rota basis.
Closing date for applications: 12 noon 29th April, 2017
Interviews to be held: 9th May, 2017
Exemption sought under Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, and Part 1. Women only need apply. Successful candidates will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check.
How to apply
Please note: Unfortunately we do not accept CVS and request that all candidates complete a full application. Should you wish to apply for multiple vacancies we would expect a separate application for each.
Following the unanimous vote by Welsh Assembly members to pass the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill on March 10th, the Welsh Government will launch a further campaign on March 16th.
This week the Welsh Government has passed ground-breaking legislation through the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill, which is the first of its kind in the UK.
After providing domestic abuse services in South Powys for the last 27 years, women whose lives have benefited from the services provided by Brecknock WA pay tribute and say thanks. Oct 1st 2014 marked the start of a new era for domestic abuse services in South Powys as Brecknock Women’s Aid merged with Calan Domestic DVS.
We have previously written about the Gender-Based Violence, Domestic Abuse, and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill that was introduced to the national assembly in June 2014 by Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Local Government and Government Business. Stage 2 has now been completed as the bill passes through the National Assembly for Wales.
It is that time of year again. All talk turns to rugby, and everyone eagerly anticipates the tension, the relief, the nail-biting, and the cheering that comes with seeing Wales through the Six Nations rugby tournament. As a nation, we love it.
Calan DVS is delighted to announce that we were the winners of the Good Governance category at the WCVA Third Sector Awards Cymru last night.
Calan DVS have previously written about the introduction of Clare’s Law in March of 2014, where it was expanded to introduce the scheme across England and Wales. Clare’s law, named after Clare Wood who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009, is a domestic abuse disclosure scheme. This means that any individual has the right to request information from the police regarding any history of domestic violence and abuse from their current partner. The scheme aims to make potential victims aware of the risks they may be facing, and make an informed decision. It was argued that if Clare Wood had known about her partner’s history of violence against women, then her murder could have been prevented.
Calan DVS has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Communications’ and ‘Good Governance’ categories at this year’s WCVA Welsh Third Sector Awards.
Calan DVS has welcomed the announcement by the home secretary, Theresa May, announcing that ‘coercive and controlling behaviour’ is now recognised as a domestic abuse offence. The announcement was made at the end of last week with the aim of protecting victims from extreme emotional and psychological abuse.
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Polly Neate, Chief of Women’s Aid in England has also welcomed the announcement which the Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign recognises the impact that this intimate tyranny which the lies at the heart of all domestic violence. Read more….
We have been campaigning for several years to get coercive control recognised as serious, domestic abuse offence. This type of control can, in some instances, be tantamount to torture with many victims living in fear of their lives. We believe that the criminalisation of this form of abusive behaviour will go a log way in addressing the problem across the UK.
In June, Calan DVS wrote about our fears of increased levels of domestic violence during the Football World Cup. As the Autumn Rugby Internationals are due to begin on November 8th, we feel that we must highlight the potential increase in reports of domestic violence once again.
In a previous blog we let you know that Calan DVS’s CEO, Rhian Bowen-Davies, had been selected as a mentee for the Women in Public Life Scheme.
In a previous newsletter we mentioned that the Ionic Masonic Lodge, Swansea made the very generous decision to make Calan DVS their nominated charity for this year.
November well and truly marks the start of winter in the UK. As well as all the other things we look forward to at this time of year, we also have an exciting season of sport to look forward to with the Autumn Rugby Internationals.
As part of the ongoing development of the BRAVE project, the team of staff will be looking to create an all new brand, a new website, and a new logo.
The BRAVE project funded by The Big Lottery is now in full swing. Following the appointment of Helen Williams as project manager, there have been a number of other exciting additions to the team.
At the end of April 2014, Calan DVS was successfully awarded £2 million from the Big Lottery Fund. This money was to set up a brand new initiative to provide effective intervention measures for children and young people exposed to domestic violence and abuse.
If you follow Calan DVS on Facebook or Twitter, you may remember that we posted about the revelation that Britain was 65th in a global league table of female representation in politics. Britain is currently behind many countries in Europe and the entire world, as only 22% of cabinet ministers, 23% of MPs, and 23% of peers are women. This contributes to a distinct lack of women and female positions taking up public roles and appointments, severely under-representing over half of the population.
Currently, under UK law, there is no specific offence of ‘domestic abuse’ or ‘domestic violence’. The different forms domestic violence can take are considered crimes in themselves, such as assault, criminal damage, rape, harassment and more, but the protection of the law is dependent on many things like the specific type of violence, circumstances involved, and the responses of criminal justice agencies. This means that a number of domestic violence and abuse victims miss out on receiving much needed justice and support, leaving them vulnerable to repeated patterns of abuse.
Calan DVS are pleased to announce that we are merging with Brecknock Women’s Aid from October 1st 2014.
As we have previously mentioned, Calan DVS’s CEO, Rhian Bowen-Davies, took on the Wales 3 peaks challenge on September 8th.
The annual Third Sector Awards are held in London every year, and aim to celebrate the dedication and hard work of registered charities, not-for-profit organisations, and campaigning groups.
You might have often heard the phrase “you throw like a girl”, or “you run like a girl”. Those five words have been used for years as a way to tease someone, or describe something that is weak, or lesser than average. Most people have become accustomed to using “...like a girl” as a throwaway, derogatory remark, but Always are hoping to change that.
‘Murdered by my boyfriend’ is a BBC Three drama which was first aired at the end of June, and it tells the true story of a girl, Ashley, that falls in love as a teenager. Tragically, as time went by and the relationship developed, her partner became abusive, and she was eventually murdered in front of their young daughter.
Today, June 30th 2014, the Gender-Based Violence, Domestic Abuse, and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill has been introduced to the national assembly.
It was announced at the end of April this year, that Calan DVS have been awarded £2 million in funding from the Big Lottery in order to deliver an innovative 5 year project providing early intervention and support services for children and young people exposed to domestic abuse across the Neath Port Talbot and Powys areas.
Calan DVS's CEO, Rhian Bowen-Davies, was shortlisted in the Citizen's Voice category in the Inspire Wales Awards.
Earlier this month, a report was released by the IPCC regarding the investigation in to a case of domestic abuse in South Wales. The investigation found that the South Wales police failed to appropriately access relevant information, failed to properly alert the victim of the risks to her safety, and did not deal well with the escalating situation.
Calan DVS’s CEO Rhian Bowen-Davies will be trekking around the country on September 8th as she takes on the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge.
Fears are growing that the forthcoming football competition in Brazil will see the highest ever World-Cup related rises in domestic violence across the UK.
Today, June 11th 2014, the IPCC released a report following an investigation into an incident of domestic abuse involving a woman, Charlaine Lewis, being attacked with a hammer by her partner in 2011, which was launched following criticism of how South Wales’ police handled the case.
Following the announcement of Calan DVS's £2 million in funding awarded by The Big Lottery Fund, processes are now being put in place to start delivering a five year project to provide a co-ordinated and holistic early intervention and support service to children and young people exposed to domestic in the Neath Port Talbot and Powys areas.
To begin with, the project has launched it's initial recruitment phase, starting with the following two positions:
Salary: £28,500 per annum
Hours: Full time 37.5 hours
Project Area: Neath Port Talbot and Powys
Fixed term contract until 13th April 2019
The Project Manager will oversee the successful delivery of this innovative Big Lottery funded project. Applicants should have significant experience of project management and evaluation, financial and HR management, multi agency working and service user evaluation. Excellent communication skills and a flexible approach to working are required.
Project Support Officer
Salary: £16,000 per annum
Hours: Full time 37.5 hours
Project Area: Neath Port Talbot and Powys
Fixed term contract until 13th April 2019
The Project Support Officer will provide professional and effective administration services for the EIP Project. Applicants should have experience of providing administrative support within a busy project / office environment. Excellent literacy, numeracy, IT and administrative support skills are required.
Closing date for applications – 12 noon on 18th June 2014
Interviews – week beginning 30th June 2014
Successful candidates will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.
Calan DVS has been awarded £2 million by the Big Lottery Fund to provide effective intervention measures for children and young people exposed to domestic violence and abuse.
CALAN DVS is an exciting new organisation that provides sanctuary for adults and children who experience domestic violence and abuse.
Working in partnership with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, Calan DVS is pleased to offer this exciting opportunity for an experienced domestic abuse practitioner to join the TAF Team on fixed term secondment basis.
In recent years, the charity ‘Refuge’ has been calling for an inquiry in to police responses surrounding domestic violence and abuse. Two women are killed every week in England and Wales by their current or former partner, and cases such as Maria Stubbings, Sabina Akhtar, and Julia and Will Pemberton, have shown that clear police failings have contributed towards their deaths.
Chwarae Teg is a charity, set up in 1992, that is continuously working to help Welsh women enter the workplace and develop their skills, while building rewarding careers. Chwarae Teg has identified a number of obstacles that Welsh women face, which can specifically restrict their career development, such as persistent gender stereotypes, the underrepresentation of women in senior roles, the remaining gender pay gap or the expectation that caring is primarily a woman’s role.
Child Sexual Exploitation is a very real issue in the UK. It can affect any child, under the age of 18, at any time in their childhood, regardless of their home-life or social background.
NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, are calling for greater awareness regarding domestic violence and abuse.
A case review has now been released of the tragic case of Rachael Slack and her son Auden, who were brutally stabbed and killed by Rachel’s ex-partner Andrew Cairns in 2010, before killing himself. Rachel was pregnant at the time of her murder.
Calan Domestic Violence Services is highlighting the issue of increased reporting of domestic abuse that is evident during times of key sporting events including the Six Nations which is due to start on 1st February 2014.
On December the 29th, the Sun on Sunday launched a new campaign, in partnership with the charity Refuge.
Calan DVS attended the annual Cymorth Cymru Promoting Independence Awards 2013, at the Radisson Blu hotel in Cardiff on Friday 6th December. The awards are a partnership event between Cymorth Cymru and Welsh Local Authorities, with an aim to raise the profile of housing-related support and to showcase the work that is being done within the sector to help vulnerable members of society.
Since 2010, the home office has been running two national campaigns, across Wales and England, targeted at 13 – 18 year old boys and girls.
Calan DVS have recently achieved Evolve Employer Exemplar status with Chwarae Teg.
The Domestic Abuse Disclosure Scheme, also known as Clare’s Law, is a scheme that allows individuals to ask police if their current partner has a history of domestic violence and abuse. This scheme has recently been piloted in Greater Manchester, Wiltshire, Nottinghamshire and Gwent, beginning September 2012, and will now be expanded to cover all of England and Wales and is expected to take effect in March 2014.
The Public Health Responsibility Deal is a scheme designed to encourage businesses and organisations to focus on improving the quality of life for their employees by signing up to keep certain pledges.
The government reported that last year, around 1.2 million women suffered domestic abuse, over 400,000 were sexually assaulted, 70,000 were raped and thousands more women were victims of stalking.
Female Genital Mutilation is the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs.