News / Events Funding awarded for a new domestic violence centre in the Rhondda valley Women's Aid RCT are excited to announce we have been awarded funding from the Welsh Government Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence capital grant scheme. The purpose of the grant is to develop The Safer Rhondda Domestic Violence Centre. Project need The grant comes as a result of 2 years of research, planning and consultation with victims of domestic violence which has been carried out by the Women's Aid team to fully demonstrate the need for accessible support services for female and male victims of domestic violence living in the Rhondda Valleys. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse during their lifetime. Statistics show that of the 281 women residing in the Rhondda who accessed Women's Aid RCT telephone support during the last financial year only 32% went on to access other support services compared with 67% living in other areas of RCT. Following the closure of the former Rhondda Women's Aid Refuge, Communities first centres, domestic violence courts and crime prevention services, the Rhondda Valley's have been left without any local and accessible domestic abuse support services. The awarding of the grant will enable Women's Aid RCT to develop a much needed accessible centre for victims of domestic violence and offer a wide range of services. The lack of locally based accessible support has previously prevented Rhondda-based women from accessing face to face support. A lack of access to transport and childcare in particular means that many are unable to access support from their nearest centre located in Pontypridd. Women's Aid are keen to deliver these much needed services in partnership with a range of external agencies to offer legal surgeries, debt management and housing advice along with a host of early intervention and prevention group programmes and learning based programmes to develop skills and confidence to move forward with their lives. Future plans We are still in the very early stages of the process but we will keep you all updated on our progress over the coming months.