Torfaen Women's Aid appeal for greater school action
2:02pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
TORFAEN Women’s Aid has reported increases of more than 700 per cent in women using their services since 2010, but warned they may only be reaching 10 per cent of actual victims, as they appealed to councillors for greater preventative work.
Addressing Torfaen council on Tuesday, Helen Swain, director and Penny Chapman, deputy director, took members through the service use in the year 2012/13.
In that year TWA provided 506 one-to-one advice sessions, an increase of 360 per cent from 140 sessions in2010. But the biggest increase recorded was in telephone advice calls, which rocketed by 791 per cent since 2010, from129 to a total of 1021 calls in 2012/13.
They also noted an increase in referrals to their Independent Sexual Violence Advisors programme, following the Jimmy Savile case emerging earlier this year.
The organisation offers two refuge centres, one of which is the only single women’s refuge in Wales. In the past year, 61 of 182 refuge requests were refused due to all places being taken.
Ms Swain explained that education and training were the answer, both to keep women engaged with the organisation for longer and to prevent future perpetrators.
She said: “Only 5 per cent leaving refuges are returning to perpetrators. But still we are committed to lowering this further.”
Ms Swain said investment in TWA can reduce the strain the local authority and other agencies. She said: “Not only do we have an impact on the women and children but also on the other agencies and services in Torfaen.
“But we are not doing enough. We must all work together and it’s our belief that a focus on preventative education is the way forward. We aren’t doing enough in schools in Torfaen.”
Councillors expressed their shock at the figures and offered their assistance to the organisation in the future.
It is estimated that 6000 women in Torfaen are victims of domestic violence each year. TWA deals with around 600.
Anyone needing support from TWA can call the 24 hour helpline on 01495 742052.
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