Thank you Corrie!

thank you corrie for raising awareness of domestic abuse

As a team of survivors of domestic abuse, we are really impressed with the storyline in Coronation Street focusing on domestic abuse. The researchers and cast have done an amazing job understanding the issues that women face and have portrayed this in a powerful and sensitive way.

It has shown how coercive control and abuse has escalated over a long period of time and how Geoff has discredited and isolated Yasmeen from friends and family.

It has been a really hard storyline to watch because it echoes so closely what all of us have been through and we know that so many women (and children) out there are trapped in these awful and heartbreaking situations like we once were.

Storylines like this are such a powerful way to support the public to understand what domestic abuse and coercive control can look like. It can also save lives. We hope it helps women who are going through something similar to understand that this shouldn’t be happening to you and it is not your fault. Domestic abuse doesn’t necessarily include physical violence. The emotional and psychological impact alone is incredibly damaging.

The storyline is still evolving, and we hope it continues to raise awareness about this relentless pandemic that has been with us for a long time – domestic abuse. We also hope that people will feel inspired to act and believe and support survivors of domestic abuse.

As a society we need to call time on all forms of violence against women and domestic abuse.

Geoff has displayed signs of controlling behaviour for a long time. When did you first notice that his behaviour towards Yasmeen wasn’t right? Let us know what warning signs you spotted.

We also understand that this storyline may be triggering for women who have been through this experience and there is support out there for you if you need someone to talk to.

If you think you are experiencing domestic abuse and need advice and support you can call the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800.

Even if your situation is historical, you may be living with the long term impact of domestic abuse and trauma and the helpline can advise you too.

You can catch up with the storyline on ITV Hub: https://www.itv.com/hub/coronation-street/1a0694

Let us know on facebook or twitter what you think of the storyline and please show your support for women who need to talk about their experiences in a safe space.

Huge thanks to ITV and the cast of Coronation Street for the amazing work you are doing here to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

SEEds Wales launches

petal design logo with seeds wales survivors empowering and educating services

Survivors call on Welsh Government and statutory authorities to increase emergency provision to tackle domestic abuse

SEEdS Wales, Survivors Empowering and Educating Services, is a brand new survivor-led social enterprise, improving understanding and influencing policy and practice in Wales in relation to Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV).

With eight founder members, all survivors of domestic abuse and experienced advocates and campaigners, SEEdS Wales supports service providers to improve their approach to tackling VAWDASV

SEEdS Wales is offering services during the coronavirus pandemic, to inform policy responses, and to support those experiencing domestic abuse who would benefit from speaking to a survivor who understands the situation they are in. 

We are able to offer survivor-informed advice and information to support service providers in their response to the coronavirus crisis. As survivors we have a valuable insight into the barriers that prevent women from seeking help and the gaps in services that place women and children at risk when they do flee.  We will also be delivering training, workshops and providing public speakers to improve understanding of the experience of living with and surviving domestic abuse once social distancing and lockdown measures allow. 

More information is available on our website www.seedswales.com

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis there will be many women experiencing domestic abuse who are unable to seek help because they cannot secure privacy from their perpetrator. SEEdS Wales is deeply concerned that women and children are at significant risk during the lockdown. Although we welcome the additional funding from Welsh Government for refuges, accommodation and support services, more needs to be done.

The UK Government campaign to tell those experiencing domestic abuse that they are not alone and that support is still available is important, but it is vital to further improve public understanding of what domestic abuse is.

SEEdS Wales calls on Welsh Government and all other statutory bodies in Wales:

  • to urgently increase emergency provision for women in Wales who need to report and flee domestic abuse1;
  • in a coordinated and joined-up way, promote existing public awareness campaigns to improve understanding of domestic abuse, including coercive control;
  • to work more closely with the UK Government to raise awareness and urgently tackle the challenges being faced by women and children who are trapped in abusive households.

We also call on the wider public to educate themselves on the signs of domestic abuse and how they can take steps to support individuals who may need help. Domestic abuse is often complex and happens behind closed doors. Lockdown has strengthened abusers and made it more difficult for women and children to seek help. Perpetrators who want advice and support to stop harming their partners or family members can contact Respect2

More information on domestic abuse and sources of support for women and children can be found on our website and the Welsh Women’s Aid website.

We are honoured to have been endorsed by our Patron, Rachel Williams. Also a survivor of domestic violence and abuse, Rachel founded SUTDA – Stand Up To Domestic Abuse and is a tremendous advocate for victims and survivors.

Rachel said, “It is with great pleasure that I accept the role of patron to SEEdS Wales (C.I.C). Having worked with many of the Seeds I find their work to be conscientious and diligent in the fight against VAWDASV and would heartily recommend them to any partnership who wishes to work with them. I, personally, look forward to working with them now and in the future as individuals and as a company. Good work SEEdS Wales, keep that banner flying high!!”

Having been supported and inspired by Rachel’s campaigning in recent years, we are proud to have her on board.

Editors notes: 

To contact SEEdS Wales for quotes, interviews or speakers please get in touch on:

info@seedswales.com 

For information on our Directors, see our website.

1. We support the comprehensive responses and calls for action from Welsh Women’s Aid in relation to tackling domestic abuse during the coronavirus crisis:

2. Respect perpetrator support

Our Directors

We are all survivors of domestic abuse and come from a wide range of backgrounds. Here’s an insight into who we are!

Natasha Hirst – Deaf freelance photographer and journalist who believes in working hard and being nice to people. Into science, arts, equality, politics and social justice.

Amy Maria Jolliffe – Ex-convict, SEEdS Wales Safeguarding Officer and studying hospitality management at a leading chain of hotels. Loves people, tattoos and positivity!

Vicky Louise Lang – A lead generation manager with a natural empathy to life! Mother, music lover and gym goer.

Bethan Morgan – Actor, Artistic Director of Mercury Theatre Wales and writer of the DV play “35 Times”. Mother & Chocoholic!

Mel Rose – Passionate about ensuring that survivors get the best domestic abuse support and resources they need so they don’t experience the same struggles that we have. 

Natasha Sullivan-Dungey – Mother, daycare owner, trustee for a registered charity and a long-distance runner. Passionate about raising awareness of domestic abuse post-separation and has self-represented in a variety of Court arenas. 

Gauri Taylor-Nayar – Methodist preacher, mother, teacher, musician, lover of dogs, red wine and laughing.

Rachel Williams, Patron

We are honoured to have Rachel Williams as our Patron. Also a survivor of domestic violence, Rachel founded SUTDA – Stand Up To Domestic Abuse and is a tremendous advocate for victims and survivors.

It is with great pleasure that I accept the role of patron to SEEdS Wales (C.I.C). Having worked with many of the Seeds I find their work to be conscientious and diligent in the fight against VAWDASV and would heartily recommend them to any partnership who wishes to work with them.
I, personally, look forward to working with them now and in the future as individuals and as a company.
Good work SEEdS Wales, keep that banner flying high!!

Rachel Williams – Stand Up to Domestic Abuse

News

Keep an eye on our news page for updates! We are a newly formed Community Interest Company and will be developing our services over the next few months.

We have been deeply concerned about the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on women and children experiencing domestic abuse and seek to lobby authorities to increase the emergency provision and support available for those seeking to flee abuse during these difficult times.