Our strategic priorities Women’s Aid RCT recognises, consistent with local, regional and national strategic priorities that violence against women is a violation of human rights and both a cause and consequence of inequality between women and men, and it happens to women because they are women and that women are disproportionately impacted by all forms of violence. Internationally, this has been specifically acknowledged by the Council of Europe, in the form of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, and the United Nations, in the form of their Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and most recently in the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Tackling violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence has far reaching consequences for families, children, communities and society as a whole and requires a distinct and proportionate approach across the Cwm Taf Region. Whilst we acknowledge the disproportionate experience of women and girls we do not negate violence and abuse directed towards men and boys. Women’s Aid RCT recognises that anyone (women, men, children and young people) can experience and be affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence, forced marriage, child sexual abuse, stalking and harassment, sexual harassment and exploitation. This can happen in any relationship regardless of sex, age, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, religion or belief, income, geography or lifestyle. Women’s Aid RCT are committed to maintaining and developing close working relationships with our public, government and voluntary sector partners which include but are not limited to Local Government in the exercise of their various functions such as Social Services, Education and Housing, Local Health Boards, South Wales Police, South Wales Police and Crime Commissioners, Probation and our colleagues across the national network of specialist violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence providers.