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Assembly passes ground-breaking Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill

Landmark legislation to tackle Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill has been passed in the Senedd. It is the first legislation of its kind in the UK and the only law of its kind in Europe to include a specific focus on Violence against Women. Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews asked Assembly Members to support the “strong and powerful” piece of legislation which will prevent abuse and protect and support survivors in Wales. He said: “This is crucial legislation which puts Wales at the forefront in tackling this appalling crime. One in four women in Wales has suffered violence or abuse in a relationship and every year, 150 women die in the UK at the hands of their partner or former partner. “Since the Bill was introduced, the Welsh Government strengthened it in response to suggestions from the sector and from opposition parties. “Now the Bill is on its way to becoming an Act, it will help prevent Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence and protect and support survivors. It will undoubtedly make a very real difference to vulnerable people in Wales. “I am delighted the Bill has been passed, it will save lives.” Eleri Butler, CEO of Welsh Women's Aid said: “Welsh Read more [...]

Y Cynulliad yn pasio bil arloesol Trais yn erbyn Menywod, Cam-drin Domestig a Thrais Rhywiol (Cymru)

Yn y Senedd, cafodd deddfwriaeth bwysig ei phasio a fydd yn mynd i'r afael â thrais yn erbyn menywod, cam-drin domestig a thrais rhywiol. Dyma'r ddeddfwriaeth gyntaf o'i bath yn y DU a'r unig gyfraith o'i bath yn Ewrop i roi ffocws penodol ar drais yn erbyn menywod. Gofynnodd y Gweinidog Gwasanaethau Cyhoeddus, Leighton Andrews, i Weinidogion Cymru gefnogi'r darn "cryf a phwerus" hwn o ddeddfwriaeth a fydd yn atal achosion o gam-drin ac yn diogelu ac yn cefnogi'r rheini sydd wedi goroesi trais yng Nghymru. Dywedodd: "Dyma ddeddfwriaeth hollbwysig sy'n rhoi Cymru ar flaen y gad wrth fynd i'r afael â'r troseddau ofnadwy hyn. Mae un o bob pedair menyw yng Nghymru wedi profi trais neu wedi cael ei cham-drin mewn perthynas, a phob blwyddyn, mae 150 o fenywod yn marw yn y DU dan law eu partner neu eu cyn-bartner. "Ers i'r Bil gael ei gyflwyno, mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi ei atgyfnerthu mewn ymateb i awgrymiadau gan y sector a'r gwrthbleidiau. "Gan fod y Bil bellach ar y ffordd i fod yn Ddeddf, bydd yn helpu i atal trais yn erbyn menywod, cam-drin domestig a thrais rhywiol ac yn diogelu ac yn cefnogi'r rheini sydd wedi goroesi. Heb os, bydd yn gwneud gwahaniaeth go iawn i bobl sy'n agored i niwed yng Nghymru. "Rwy'n falch dros ben Read more [...]