Guest blog: Janice Dent, VAWDASV

I am the Regional Lead Advisor for Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV) in Gwent.

Essentially, my role involves working with partners across the region to support them to provide the best possible service to those affected by all forms of VAWDASV. In reality, this involves many meetings.

The regional team and partnership board was set up in 2015 following the publication of the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015.

A lot has changed since then but the passion and dedication of all partners across the region to preventing, protecting and supporting Gwent citizens affected by VAWDASV is as strong as ever.

Key partners include all five local authorities, the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Gwent Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, registered social landlords and importantly the specialist VAWDASV support services across the region.

Lockdown and its associated restrictions have had a significant impact on all forms of VAWDASV and we are working with all Gwent partners to understand and to adapt to meet those needs.  

The most important message I can give is that there are organisations available to support you so if you are worried about yourself, your friend, family member, colleague or neighbour please get in touch.

More information is available on the Gwent Safeguarding website