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Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid saved my life

Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid saved my life

Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid saved my life

“I hadn’t slept properly for two years before moving into the refuge. It felt like a massive weight had lifted from my shoulders and I finally felt safe. I no longer had to tread on egg shells in the fear of my abusive partner lashing out or taking out his anger on my children.”

Seven women a month are killed by a current or former partner in Wales and England.[1]

Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid (PTAWA) have now been providing specialist, lifesaving support, to families who have been impacted by Domestic Abuse, for 25 years.

The Afan Valley is within the most deprived 10% of all areas in Wales and experiences higher than average incidences of Domestic Abuse.[2]

In 2016 PTAWA supported 51 women and their 50 children in their safe refuge accommodation, 6 women and 3 children in their second stage move-on accommodation and 147 women and children in the community.[3]

PTAWA offer unique services to provide a holistic package of support to break the cycle of Domestic Abuse. They believe the key to breaking the cycle of Domestic Abuse is empowerment.

They provide innovative services, such as a video interactive guidance service to strengthen the bond between the mother and infant, to enable families to flourish after Domestic Abuse.

Thanks to Big lottery funding, they have been able to work with perpetrators of Domestic Abuse to enable them to recognise their behaviour as abusive and have healthier relationships.

They offer tailored training and volunteering opportunities for women to gain confidence, make new friends and become more employable after Domestic Abuse.

Specialist staff strive to ensure the families they support are first and foremost safe, before enabling them to move on from the trauma they have faced and onto a brighter more prosperous future.

Families like Leanne’s:*

“I hadn’t slept properly for two years before moving into the refuge. It felt like a massive weight had lifted from my shoulders and I finally felt safe. I no longer had to tread on egg shells in the fear of my abusive partner lashing out or taking out his anger on my children.

I don’t know if there are any words to describe how grateful I am to Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid for saving my life. Without the refuge, I really don’t know what I would have done or become.

I never knew there were refuges until I walked into PTAWA’s office one day and asked what they could do to help me. Since that day I have never looked back.

I can’t remember much, the first couple of weeks in the refuge were a blur. I do know how scared my children and I were, but staff helped make that all go away and made us feel safe. They made us feel loved and looked after us.

Daniel* and Jane* have changed so much in 6 months; they were shy, quiet and wouldn’t leave my side – they were traumatised from back home.

Today they are confident, talkative and so happy. I’d like to thank the Children and Young People staff for their kindness towards my children and for helping Daniel develop into a more confident and strong young man. Thank you, you helped him to believe in himself and made him believe he can achieve anything he wants to do.

After we had left the refuge and moved into our own home I began to feel down and alone; wondering what’s next? We were used to the shared and supported living at the refuge. So I started volunteering and completing training courses at PTAWA’s offices when the children went to school.

I made so many new friends with women that had been through the same experiences as me. I learnt how to sew, willow weave and organise events. I completed an accredited willow weaving course to add to my CV.

I soon felt confident enough to start looking for work and gained employment at a local retail store who were impressed with my volunteering and training from PTAWA.

If it wasn’t for staff at PTAWA I truly believe that I wouldn’t be here today. I dread to think where I would be if I hadn’t walked into their offices that day. They helped me, not only given me a new start in my life, they have helped my children become happy, confident young adults.

Thank you for everything.”

Although a member of Welsh Women’s Aid, Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid is an independent registered charity responsible for the maintenance of all their own income, whether from statutory or charitable bodies, or from donations.

“As most organisations can remark, times in the third sector are tough. We are fighting hard to ensure that our services, the very heart of what we do, remain open to vulnerable families in Neath Port Talbot. Year after year we juggle cuts to funding alongside an increased demand of our services to protect what we know is invaluable to those we support now and in the future.” – PTAWA Director, Lucy Reynolds

Please consider donating to Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid to ensure their life saving services remain available for families impacted by Domestic Abuse, like Leanne’s.

DONATE HERE

As a registered charity, Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid receive Government and Council funding, but sadly, this is reducing and falls considerably short of what we need to help the large number of women and children who are in abusive situations.

£5 provides toiletries for a family

£10 provides 45 minutes of support for a child

£25 provides emergency food and clothing for a woman and children forced to flee without any provisions

£40 provides one-to-one counselling for a woman who had been abused

£100 provides access to temporary accommodation to keep a woman safe

Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid will be holding a Family Day at Aberavon Sea Front to celebrate 25 years of providing safe housing for women and children in the community.

The event will take place on Friday June 2nd, between 12-4pm.

There will be lots of fun activites through out the day for children and adults.

Also information stalls with information on the services we provide

Please come along to support the Charity

Domestic Abuse can happen to anyone.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing Domestic Abuse please contact PTAWA on 01639 894864 or visit their website www.ptwa.org.uk

You can access safe emergency accommodation any time, day or night, 365 days a year.

Live Fear Free Helpline 0808 80 10 800

 

Family Day


[1] ONS (2016), March 2015 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW)

[2] MARRAC statistics

[3] Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid’s Impact Report 2015-16