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Celebrating 45 years of Women’s Aid in Monmouthshire

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Cyfannol Women’s Aid hosted an open afternoon on Thursday 11th May, bringing together local councillors, politicians, funders, and partner organisations to celebrate 45 years of Women’s Aid in Monmouthshire.

The event was an opportunity to reflect on the the journey from a small local group of passionate and determined women who met to form Abergavenny Women’s Aid back in 1978, through expansion and merger, to an organisation of more than 100 committed to continuing their legacy across Gwent.

The afternoon also marked the official launch of Cyfannol Women’s Aid’s new website: www.cyfannol.org.uk and featured a special screening of a new animation, entitled the The First Step, inspired by women’s experiences of reaching out for support.

The new website and animation have been created by Cyfannol to reassure anyone who has experienced any form of domestic abuse or sexual violence that they are not alone and that support is available.

Cyfannol Women’s Aid’s Chief Executive Officer, Helen Swain, said: “Many thousands of women have been supported over the last 45 years, and knowing where to turn for help was their first step towards safety. The nature of domestic abuse and sexual violence means that people may not necessarily be aware of the support services in their area, but we can all help to spread the word and signpost to local services so that people know where to turn if they do need support.”

Cyfannol.org.uk has a range of new features designed to break down barriers to accessing support and improve signposting within communities:  

  • An online Directory of Support Services to help people navigate the options available across Gwent and access the right support for them. 
  • A bank of Self-Help Resources, including trusted sites and links to safety guidance, information about options, sources of specialist support, a glossary of useful terms, and more…  
  • Survivor Stories – in their own words – to reassure and inspire others. Anyone is welcome to submit their story to help grow this bank of first-hand experiences and inspire more people to reach out for support. 
  • More options for Getting in Touch, including a new online call-back form 
  • Information about Cyfannol’s Support Services across Torfaen, Newport, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent and the wider Gwent area 

Cyfannol Women’s Aid provides a range of person-led and trauma-informed services to people across Gwent who have experienced any form of Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse or Sexual Violence.    With established bases in Abergavenny, Pontypool, Ebbw Vale and Newport and more than 40 years of experience, our dedicated teams support people to feel safe, recover from their experiences and rebuild their lives, empowering individuals to flourish in a life free from violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

For support at any time, please call us on 03300 564456 or visit Cyfannol.org.uk for further information

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