Wednesday, 25 November 2009

International day to Eliminate Violence Against Women


Today, I was among a group of women Assembly Members who took part in 'Face Facts' , a campaign co-ordinated by Welsh Women’s Aid to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The intention through the use of make-up was to produce hard hitting images highlighting the impact of domestic abuse. It certainly did that.

To tie in with International Day, I also released responses I recently received from Welsh police forces showing the number of complaints they’ve received about domestic abuse.

In the last four years South Wales Police received almost 64,000 complaints with 2,862 prosecutions during 2008-09. Around three-quarters of the 12,322 domestic abuse victims in the last year were women.

It has been estimated that two women die every day in the UK and within North and South Wales and Gwent Police force areas there were eight deaths last year as a result of domestic violence.

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1 comment:

Annette Strauch aus Eichenberg said...

Dear Leanne, for such a small country the numbers re. domestic abuse are very high.
It is so sad for the children. Good to remind the public!
Kind regards, Annette (I am a German who's been living in Wales for ten years).