About VAWDASV in Gwent

The Gwent VAWDASV Partnership Board is a multi-agency collaboration working together across Gwent to prevent VAWDASV and to improve the outcomes for individuals and their families affected.   Please see here for details of the Gwent Partnership and its work in delivering the regional VAWDASV Strategy. 

Our Partnership

The Partnership is made up of; the five local authorities, Gwent Police, and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Wales Ambulance Service Trust, Probation Services, Registered Social Landlords, Supporting People Regional Collaborative Committee, Fire and Rescue Service, Gwent Safeguarding Boards, VAWDASV specialist sector partners and voluntary sector organisations.

Our aim is to work together in partnership to ensure the most efficient and effective response to preventing serious harm caused by such types of abuse for the well-being and safety of people living in Gwent, both now and in the future.

The Gwent VAWDASV Partnership is coordinated by the regional VAWDASV team.  The regional team can be contacted by email:  vawdasv.gwent@newport.gov.uk

Why we do it

Violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence are fundamental breaches of human rights. Every year lives are damaged needlessly in Gwent, all forms of violence and abuse are unacceptable. Anyone who experiences violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence deserves an effective and timely response from all public services.

The enactment of the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 requires the public sector in Wales to work together in a consistent and cohesive way to prevent VAWDASV and to improve the outcomes for individuals and their families affected.

Further information on the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 can be found here.

As part of statutory requirements placed on Local Authorities and Local Health Boards under Section 5 of the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 the Gwent Partnership Board has published a 5 year Strategy for VAWDASV.

The Partnership Board provides the governance structure that will develop and monitor VAWDASV regional working.  Through a structure of working groups we will ensure that the priorities identified in the Strategy are translated into actions that can make a real difference to the well-being and safety of people living in Gwent, both now and in the future.

Our Strategy and strategic priorities for Gwent

The Gwent Regional Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Strategy 2018-2023 sets out six Strategic Priorities that will contribute to the pursuit of the prevention of violence and abuse, the protection of victims and the support of all those affected.  

  • Strategic Priority 1: Increase awareness and challenge attitudes of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence across Gwent.
  • Strategic Priority 2: Increase awareness in children and young people of the importance of safe, equal and healthy relationships and that abusive behaviour is always wrong
  • Strategic Priority 3: Increase focus on holding perpetrators to account and provide opportunities to change their behaviour based around victim safety
  • Strategic Priority 4:Make early intervention and prevention a priority
  • Strategic Priority 5: Relevant professionals are trained to provide effective, timely and appropriate responses to victims and survivors
  • Strategic Priority 6: Provide victims with equal access to appropriately resourced, high quality, needs led, strength based, gender responsive services throughout the region.

Ensuring regular engagement by people who have been affected by VAWDASV has been essential for identifying the Strategic Priorities.  Involvement and engagement will continue to be an essential requirement for informing the Partnership Board on the effectiveness of its on-going work.

The Gwent Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Strategy 2018 - 2023

The Gwent Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Strategy 2018 - 2023 (Easy Read)

The Gwent Violence against Women Domestic Abuse Sexual Violence Strategy 2018 – 2023 is supported by additional appendix documents.  These are available on request at vawdasv.gwent@newport.gov.uk.

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