Carl Sargeant said he is proud of the progress made since the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act was passed just over two years ago.
The Act aims to improve prevention, protection and support for people affected by violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Since the legislation came into force, achievements include the appointment of the first National Adviser for Violence against Women, Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence and the publication of a National strategy. The anniversary coincides with the re-launch of the Welsh Government’s Cross the Line campaign which tackles the subject of emotional abuse from a partner.
Carl Sargeant said he wants to continue to work collectively with organisations to protect and support victims.
Carl Sargeant said:
“We continue to make progress in implementing measures to prevent Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence. As well as appointing the first National Adviser and the National Strategy we have published the National Training Framework which will help professionals to deal with disclosures of abuse and ensure consistent training is available for specialist professionals.
“A pilot of “Ask and Act” - which requires professionals like Health visitors and Housing Officers to identify symptoms of abuse and to ask clients if they are being abused - has also launched in two early adopter sites with a view to further rollout later this year. In addition to these initiatives, some of the work we have done has focused on children and young people to ensure they know how to recognise the symptoms of unhealthy relationships.
“We recognise there are still areas to progress and we will continue to build on the foundations which have already been made to create a stronger, more resilient sector to support individuals and families who are either at risk, or are struggling with the consequences of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.”