Introduction

Violence against women is violence directed at women and girls because they are women or girls, or is experienced disproportionately by women and girls as a group. Violence against women includes domestic abuse; rape and sexual violence; stalking; forced marriage; so-called honour-based violence; female genital mutilation (FGM); trafficking and sexual exploitation including through the sex industry; and sexual harassment in work and public life.

Communities are often the first to know about violence and abuse, but they don’t always know how to best respond. The Welsh Women's Aid (WWA) "Ask Me" scheme aims to: 

• Provide community members with the skills to respond when someone is experiencing abuse. This includes spotting the signs of abuse, being able to direct survivors to specialist support services, and listening without judgement. 

• Prevent abuse from happening in the first place. This includes recognising and feeling able to challenge gender norms and victim blaming ideas that support and normalise abuse.

WWA understand that survivors from some communities face additional barriers with help seeking and accessing the services that they require. The information collected in this consultation will help us understand these barriers and inform the review of the "Ask Me" scheme to make it more inclusive.
 
This survey will be closed on 31 May 2022 at 5pm. If you would like to contribute, please make sure you have completed this survey before that time.

If you have any questions about this survey or the consultation in general, please email Miriam Merkova, Head of Project Development, at MiriamMerkova@welshwomensaid.org.uk

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