By Hannah Austin of Welsh Women’s Aid…
On Valentine’s Day 2012:
– Welsh Women’s Aid’s members supported 1597 women and 1209 children who were experiencing domestic abuse;
– 215 women and 174 children and young people were living in our members’ refuges having fled domestic abuse. 58 of these children were on the Child Protection Register;
– Our members supported 944 women in the community, with a further 177 on waiting lists for support;
– Our members supported 80 children & young people in the community, with a further 136 on waiting lists. 109 of these were on the Child Protection Register;
– 64 women and 2 children contacted our groups for support for the first time;
– 71 women accessed our members’ drop-in services and 157 telephoned our groups for support.