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White Ribbon Day – 25th November – Raising awareness with CAWA

Thursday 25th November is White Ribbon Day in the UK, when people in communities, organisations and workplaces come together to say ‘No’ to violence against women. With the leading message this year being that #AllMenCan – all men can make a difference – the campaign aims for as many men as possible to make the White Ribbon Promise; which is to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

This week ClwydAlyn Women’s Aid, known as CAWA, will take over social media to raise awareness of the work it does as the established, independent and specialist domestic abuse support service in West Flintshire. Promoting the organisation’s values of Kindness, Hope and Trust, the service provides confidential, informed support, advice and guidance to women, children and young people who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse.

As the only specialist service within ClwydAlyn, CAWA provides a wrap-around, holistic approach by sourcing and/or providing emergency Refuge safe house provision; initial crisis management; community based outreach provision; Specialist mental health support, Solution focussed counselling and the facilitation of recovery programmes such as The Freedom Programme; The Combined Adult, Child and Young Persons domestic abuse recovery toolkit; and the new innovative, creative and educational 12-week course, Own My Life.

In addition to the vital work CAWA offer and provide, CAWA also participates in and facilitates training and awareness raising events and are active members of multi-disciplinary teams such as The Early Help Hub (which provides a multi-agency approach to Safeguarding and early intervention to protect children, young people and their families); and MARAC (the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference).

The support offered is both emotional and practical, and follows CAWA’s aims and objectives, which are to provide person-centred support to improve and enhance the lives of survivors. The team actively works to reduce and remove barriers such as those associated with substance misuse and mental health, and regularly reviews individual client support needs and identified risks. 

As a result, CAWA are able to show positive outcomes and success in case studies, 
demonstrating person led support resulting in increased safety and reduced risk, through growth in confidence, improved skills, independence and self-reliance, and an understanding and awareness around healthy relationships.

Join and support CAWA on social media this week as they raise awareness of all the work they do, White Ribbon Day on the 25th, and the 16 Days of Action that follow, where people across the UK campaign to end violence against women, and make a difference to the lives of those affected. 

Authors – CAWA staff with Cath Davies – Nov ‘21

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