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Domestic violence and forced marriage survivors demand Welsh Government educate school children on healthy relationships

When Rachel Williams’ husband first hit her she convinced herself it was a one-off, she was to blame, he loved her and it wouldn’t happen again.

It did happen again and continued to happen for 18 years until, in 2011, Darren Williams burst into the hairdressers where she worked and blasted her in the legs with a double-barrelled shotgun.

After trying to kill her, Rachel’s husband then killed himself.

“I was in an abusive relationship for 18 years that began when I was only 17,” Rachel, from Newport, said.

“I was about 19 and seven months pregnant when Darren was first violent with me. He lifted me off the floor by my throat and didn’t drop me until I was blue in the face.

“After he would hurt me Darren would apologise and tell me he loved me, that he couldn’t live without me and that he would kill himself if I left.

“I didn’t know any different. Domestic violence was all I’d known.”

Read More: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/domestic-violence-forced-marriage-survivors-8698879

Campaigners threaten to withdraw support for domestic violence bill

Campaigners for a law to protect women from violence and domestic abuse are threatening to withdraw their support unless the Welsh Government makes changes to the bill. Wales Violence Against Women Action (WVAWA) wants the bill to include provision for a specially trained teacher in every school in Wales to deal with issues such as sexual violence and forced marriage.

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The Welsh Government says the bill aims to end all forms of domestic abuse

 

It comes on the day that ministers meet to discuss the legislation and consider recommendations. The new law will put an obligation on councils and health boards to have strategies for ending gender-based violence.

Read More: http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2015-02-23/campaigners-threaten-to-withdraw-support-for-domestic-violence-bill/

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