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Welsh Women’s Aid is an intersectional feminist organisation dedicated to eradicating violence against women and girls, including but not limited to acts of domestic abuse and sexual violence. The organisation envisions a world where everyone lives free from violence, abuse and oppression, and actively collaborates with various sister and specialist organisations which have aligned values.

The organisation represents the stance of its diverse members throughout Wales and consistently reaffirms its position on service provision, acknowledging the positive discussions around proposed reforms (Gender Recognition Act, Ban on Conversion Therapy). And while these issues are yet to be resolved, the organisation claims beyond any doubt: ‘We are inclusionary and when we discuss ending violence against women, we inherently include trans women.’

As part of its remit, Welsh Women’s Aid provides specialist services across Wales with policy guidance, training and support to ensure that both trans and non-binary survivors of abuse receive the necessary assistance tailored to their specific needs. The organisation ensures that any individual requiring gender-specific support services or any form of community advocacy receives appropriate help to ensure their safety and successful recovery.

Through its inclusive approach, Welsh Women’s Aid undertakes a thorough assessment of every survivor’s needs to connect them with the necessary specialist support, irrespective of their gender, sexuality, or race. This commitment extends to combating a series of intersectional inequalities survivors face. ‘We recognise that sexism and misogyny intersect with racism, transphobia, homophobia, and ableism to further complicate systems of oppression. Violence and abuse can never be truly eliminated where any still thrive,’ the organisation proclaims. 

Welsh Women’s Aid also emphasises that violence against women and non-binary people is both a cause and consequence of inequality – a reflection of the patriarchal system which is still the biggest obstacle to a fully inclusive community.

Through its policies and practices, Welsh Women’s Aid not only champions the rights of women and girls but also actively supports the transgender community, ensuring an inclusive approach towards creating a safer and more equitable society.

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