Who we are
Calan DVS is one of the largest domestic abuse charities in Wales and we are committed to working in partnership to end domestic violence and abuse. Our staff are passionate about what they do and deliver much needed services to support some of the most vulnerable people in society.
Our service was formed in 2012 as a result of a merger between Neath & Lliw Valley Women’s Aid and since 2012, other Women’s Aid organisations have also joined the group including Brecknock Women’s Aid, Bridgend Women’s Aid and Ammanford Women’s Aid.
We cover a large and varied geographical area, providing services across Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot, South Powys and Ammanford (Carmarthenshire).
Our service model ranges from core domestic violence services for female victims including refuge, support in the community and crisis drop in services, support for children and young people exposed to domestic violence and abuse (DVA).
Calan delivers trauma informed family programmes which take a whole family approach and deliver a specific programme and community services for male victims.
It is a fundamental principle of Calan DVS that no person should be discriminated against by reason of race, religion, beliefs, national origin, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, disability, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
At Calan DVS, our vision is to work towards safe and resilient communities free from domestic violence and abuse. To achieve this, we aim to relive the distress, suffering and poverty experienced by families exposed to domestic violence and abuse. We also aim to educate the public regarding the causes and effects of domestic abuse along with prevention methods.
Our objectives are to relieve the distress, suffering and poverty experienced by families exposed to domestic abuse, and to educate the public regarding the causes and effects of domestic abuse and methods of prevention.
The intrinsic values of the organisation which underpins and inform our work are:
Providing the teams with the right training, tools and support to carry out their roles.
Ensuring staff, service users and partners are provided with equal opportunities regardless of race, gender, sexuality to access services, contribute to services and make the most of their lives and talents.
Work with victims and survivors ensuring they are at the core of all we do. As an organisation we will always be transparent with service users, partners, colleagues and commissioners and ensure that all staff act according to our vision, mission and values.
Collaborative working and coproduction of services
Calan DVS are committed to working collaboratively with partners across Wales, we are committed to ensuring survivors experiences and voices are heard and contribute to new programmes and review of current programmes
We are an innovative organisation and are constantly looking to improve services and plug gaps in services to better support victims and their families. We work closely with partners, victims and commissioners to advocate for change whether that is relating to the service need.
Calan DVS work closely with victims and survivors empowering them to reach their goals and potential.
Home Office Definition of Domestic Abuse:
“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse: