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Neath-Port Talbot based domestic violence charity, Calan DVS, has merged with Brecknock Women’s Aid on October 1st 2014.

Calan DVS itself was formed by the merging of Neath and Lliw Valley Women’s Aid in 2012, the first merger of Women’s Aid groups in Wales. This merger allowed for growth, innovation, and development in the delivery of specialist domestic violence services in the Neath Port Talbot area. Since its launch, Calan DVS has provided early intervention and specialist support for children and young people, individuals, and families. Established services include crisis intervention, emergency accommodation, group projects, and facilities to gain qualifications, as well as specialist children and young people services.

Brecknock Women’s Aid has established core domestic abuse services throughout South Powys, and have built up specialised knowledge and experience of working with other agencies, and supporting those experiencing domestic abuse in those areas. The merging of Brecknock Women’s Aid and Calan DVS will create a more dynamic team, and provide a clearer vision of the development of services in the South Powys area.

The merging of these two domestic violence and abuse charities will present a strong, united organisation and demonstrate a willingness to change and develop to meet the changing needs of individuals and families experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

Leading up to the merger, numerous consultations have been held with staff and service users to inform the shape of future services, as well as exploring the benefits the merger will bring.  The team at Brecknock will continue to work from their existing locations, and teams from Calan DVS and Brecknock have worked closely to ensure minimum disruption to services during this exciting transition.

Calan DVS’ “Are you safe?” message will be rolled out across South Powys creating a visible entity for the merged organisation and encouraging individuals and families to seek information and support if they are experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

The merger marks another step in increasing the services available to people affected by domestic violence and abuse across South Wales.

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