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Six key aims to tackle Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence in Wales

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MINISTER for Social Justice Jane Hutt today unveiled the Welsh Government’s new Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV) Strategy, highlighting the six aims that the government will set to help end the abhorrent abuse women face.

Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt said: “Today, we are committing to making Wales the safest place for women to live fear free. We want to end violence against women and girls, domestic abuse and sexual violence in Wales.

In committing to this, we must be ambitious, violence against women is not inevitable. That’s why we have set six ambitious targets to work across all areas of our society to end VAWDASV.”

The new VAWDASV strategy outlines six key aims that the Welsh Government, alongside it’s partners in the public and third sector will commit to.

  • Challenge attitudes to violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence by raising awareness of its impact and consequences.
  • Increase awareness of the importance of safe, equal and healthy relationships.
  • Hold those who commit abuse to account and help people who carry out abusive or violent behaviour to change.
  • Prioritise early intervention and prevention
  • Provide training to professionals so they are equipped to give effective, timely and appropriate support to victims and survivors.
  • Provide all victims with equal access to properly-resourced, high-quality support services, wherever they live in Wales.

In order to achieve these key aims, the Minister outlined the immediate action the Government will take, the Minister said: “For us to achieve our 6 key aims set out in the strategy, we need an all-Wales approach, from Government, the public sector, the third sector and the private sector.

Our plan brings together all parts of Welsh society – working together to challenge and change the norms, behaviours and cultures. This is what lies at the root of achieving our ambitions.

Today, I’m outlining the immediate action we will take to deliver on our vision:

We recently created a new Ministerial-led National Partnership Board, which met for the first time yesterday. This board will make sure we deliver on our promises and have oversight of delivery.

We will launch a campaign to tackle street harassment and develop a common approach for police and other agencies to ensure current legislation is used effectively to crack down on street harassment.

Finally, we will develop training to promote healthy relationships right across our society.”

Finally the Minister stated:

“Only a united front, from all sections of society can help us achieve these ambitions, and I’m appealing to everyone today, to commit to ending the abuse, ending the fear and helping us towards achieving a Wales where everyone can truly live fear free.

For some people, this will be uncomfortable, because it challenges what has been seen as ‘normal’ for so long.

Ending violence against women will not be easy.

But, if we take a Team Wales approach we can – and will – succeed.”

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Lola James: Two people have denied charges in connection of the death of 2-year-old

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TWO people who have been charged in connection with the death of a Haverfordwest toddler have denied charges.

30-year-old Kyle Bevan of Aberystwyth, denied a charge of murder at Swansea Crown Court.

Lola’s mum Sinead James, 29, denied a charge of causing or allowing the death of a child.

Lola died in Hospital on July 21, 2020, four days after sustaining a severe head injury at her home address in Princess Royal Way, Haverfordwest.

Bevan was remanded into custody.

James was released on conditional bail.

The trial will take place in 2023 and Judge Thomas said it is expected to last four weeks.

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Attempted murder arrest following incident in Narberth

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POLICE have arrested a person for attempted murder following an incident at a residential property in Narberth on Monday (June 20).

Dyed-Powys Police have confirmed that they were called to an incident in the Llawhaden area of Narberth and two people were taken to hospital.

One of those have since been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Enquiries into the incident are still ongoing, however the police have confirmed they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

A police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating an incident which occurred at a property in the Llawhaden area of Narberth on monday morning, 20th June 2022.

“Two people were taken to hospital following the incident.

“One of the people taken to hospital was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and enquiries are continuing.

“Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.”

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Police appeal after BMX bike and Nike trainers stolen after Barn Street assault

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OFFICERS from Dyfed-Powys Police are appealing for information following a robbery in Haverfordwest that saw a man pulled off his bike and assaulted with an object.

The incident occurred at around 9pm on Friday, 27 May, near the Pembroke Hotel in Barn Street, Haverfordwest.

A man reported being pulled off his BMX bike and hit to the side of his face with an object before his bike and trainers were stolen.

His attacker is described as being a black male, aged around 20 years old, 5ft 8ins, of slim build and was wearing a navy matching top and bottom tracksuit with Nike logo. Tracksuit had white stripes down sleeves and bottoms.

The bike is a sky blue and pink Kush2 BMX with ‘fat’ tyres, with white spray on one of the tyres. His trainers were size eight Nike Air Max in white.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DPP/3156/27/05/2022/02/C.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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