Welsh Women's Aid works to prevent and bring an end to all forms of violence against women. Our 100-strong Survivor Network plays a crucial role in creating effective change and their diverse voices, and those of all survivors, are central to all that we do. Supporting their wellbeing is paramount.
So often, plans and decisions are made for the benefit of survivors of violence in Wales, but without the collaboration of those most affected. This can lead to the development of support and other services which do not reflect survivors’ experiences or effectively meet their diverse needs. How can this ever lead to wholesale societal change that lasts? Our Survivor Network challenges this approach, working together as part of a trusted and valued community.
The Survivor Network provides meaningful opportunities for survivors to shape change across Wales - making sure that that their lived experiences and expertise are recognised, and that their voices are truly heard. This can and should form the basis for which all support services are provided, and change-focused activities are planned. In return, we will offer safe spaces, development, and wellbeing opportunities that are trauma-informed, and empower survivors towards successful futures.