Cyfannol Women’s Aid specialises in supporting women and girls who have experienced any form of violence against women, domestic abuse, and/or sexual violence. Our vision is that “Everyone is empowered to flourish in a life free from domestic abuse and sexual violence”.
Cyfannol believes that a world without domestic abuse and sexual violence is one to aspire to. We believe that all people who are victims of abuse and violence should receive person-led and trauma-informed services.
We acknowledge that overwhelmingly, domestic abuse and sexual violence is committed against women and that VAWDASV is a gender-based issue and a cause and consequence of gender inequality.
As a charity, our key role is therefore to support women and children to flee abuse and violence, recover from their experiences and to flourish in a life in which violence and abuse no longer happens to them. This ideology is reflected in our charity name, mission, vision and values.
Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence can negatively affect physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health, and often has impacts that last a lifetime.
VAWDASV can result in homicide, life-changing injury, increased misuse of alcohol and drugs, and offending behaviours. It also leads to feelings of isolation, depression and post-traumatic stress.
Children affected by abuse can experience a range of behavioural and emotional difficulties and are more likely to experience or perpetrate violence later in life. They may have a lowered sense of self-worth and exhibit aggressive behaviours or internalise their distress and withdraw from other people.
We know that survivors of VAWDASV benefit from trauma-informed, person-led interventions and that these can be vital in helping them recover from their experiences.
Our support is sensitive to trauma, puts survivors’ needs first, helps individuals recognise their own strengths, and focuses on long-term empowerment and independence:
Confidential drop-in services for people in crisis or in need of initial support.View service
Our refuges are safe spaces, offering welcoming accommodation for anyone escaping any form of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.View service
Ongoing community-based, housing-related support for people who are experiencing, or have recently experienced, domestic abuse.View service
A range of 1:1 and group-based support options for children who have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence.View service