• 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

Refuge Services

The refuge in Llanelli opened its doors in 1985. It was quite a small two bedroom house. Therefore, due to the ever increasing numbers of women, plus the limited facilities available in the refuge, Llanelli Women’s Aid Ltd approached Gwalia Housing Society with a view to improving the services. In 1992, building work began on a six bedroom, purpose built refuge, with disabled facilities and was opened in 1993.

The building comprises of six bedrooms, three bathrooms, playroom, large kitchen, living room, computer room and a utility room. Each family has their own bedroom, but all other facilities are shared. It also hosts a child friendly play area.

As refuge is temporary emergency accommodation, the level of support given is high. We are able to offer support and information on various issues e.g. housing, domestic abuse, health & wellbeing, children’s issues, legal, life skills, debt management etc. We can also offer a counseling service if required. The length of stay varies from one week to six months. Women who want to access the service can either self refer, or be referred by an organisation.


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Refuge Refuge