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Welsh women who have experienced domestic violence are being invited to contribute their stories to a blog, Your Stories – Rhannu Profiad.

Set up by Nerys Evans, a Plaid Cymru member of the Welsh Assembly, the “aim is to show the human stories behind the statistics in order to bring home the severity of the issue. It demonstrates that this is happening in ALL of our communities, in our streets and in our villages and to people we know and love.”

Evans says:

One in four women in Wales will experience violence at the hands of a partner during their lives and on average a female victim of domestic violence is assaulted 35 times before her first call to the police. The first time you come across this statistic, it is shocking, but the more you hear it, the less of an impact it has and the shock soon disappears. But behind the stats are women with real life experiences of suffering violence and abuse purely because of their gender. These are women from all types of background, professions, class, religion, ethnicity and age.

Women who wish to contribute their stories anonymously are invited to email Nerys at nerys.evans@wales.gov.uk