Safe space for victims of sexual exploitation in Newport

8th July 2022

A new safe space for women who are experiencing, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation and violence has launched in Newport.

No.56 is run by Horizon Sexual Violence Services, part of Cyfannol Women’s Aid. 

It is a safe environment where women can relax and pick up fresh clothes and essentials, while also having access to a wide range of support services.

Sally Howells, director of Horizon, said: “No.56 offers a welcoming safe space where women can take time out in an understanding, non-judgemental environment. They can have a rest, take a shower, have a hot meal, pick up fresh clothes and sanitary products, while also accessing crucial sexual and mental health support when they are ready to do so.

“By creating a safe space such as this, and looking after women’s physical and practical needs, we can enable those who have experienced sexual violence, exploitation and/or rape to feel safer, improve their health and wellbeing, and to cope better with aspects of their everyday lives.”

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, has contributed £20,000 to the project through his community fund.

He said: “No one should be subjected to sexual exploitation or violence but we know that for those that do experience this kind of abuse there can be many barriers to seeking help.

“I hope that this new safe space will give victims or those at risk the confidence to seek the support they need to live happier, healthier, safer lives.”

For information contact 03300 564456, email or visit the Horizon Sexual Violence Services website.