• The Welsh Government is committed to tackling this persistent form of inequality for women as well as underpinning our commitment to all victims of domestic abuse. - Carl Sargeant, Minister for Social Justice & Local Government, 25 March 2010
  • Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture. It takes a devastating toll on women's lives, on their families, and on society as a whole. Most societies prohibit such violence — yet the reality is that too often, it is covered up or tacitly condoned. - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, 8 March 2007
  • Over 20,000 girls under 15 in England & Wales are potentially at risk from all types of female genital mutilation. - A Statistical Study to Estimate the Prevalence of FGM in England & Wales, 2007

Safety plan

Prepare an emergency strategy if you are returning to an abusive situation:

  • Know where the nearest telephone is located.
  • Know where refuge / safe accommodation can be sought.
  • Make a list of emergency and other important numbers - store them in your mobile phone.
  • Save money for bus or taxi fares.
  • Obtain an extra set of keys to your home and car.
  • Pack an emergency bag - take enough clothes, including school uniforms and children's favourite possessions (where appropriate). Put the bag in a safe place or give it to a friend or relative you can trust.
  • Plan an escape route out of your home teach this to your children.
  • Consider when it is best to leave. It is important to try to take all of the children with you.
  • Keep important documents together e.g. benefit books, medical cards, certificates, bank books, legal orders, etc.
  • Keep a note of the family's essential medicines and have an immediate supply available.

Prepare a leaving strategy if you are leaving an abusive situation:

  • If possible, leave when the abuser is not around.
  • Take all of the children and some of each child's favourite possessions (where appropriate).
  • Take personal belongings, benefit, bank and legal documentation.
  • Bring essential family medicines.

Remember in the event of an emergency call 999