Neath charity for victims of domestic violence, Calan DVS, hold first year celebration
A DOMESTIC violence service has celebrated its first anniversary with an event in Neath.
Calan DVS, which provides sanctuary and inspires change among its service users, held the event in the town's Gwyn Hall.
It saw deputy police and crime commissioner for South Wales, Sophie Howe, present a keynote speech on violence against women and domestic abuse.
It also saw the charity showcase the achievements of its first year, while outlining plans for a strategy of improvement over the coming years.
It also saw a service users share her personal story.
Calan DVS's new website — www.calandvs.org.uk — was also launched at the event, and will provide an interactive information forum for service users.
Since establishing last year, the team at Calan has worked to increase public awareness and develop innovative services for individuals and families experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
More than 2,000 young people participated in prevention programmes delivered by the Brave project, while 83 women and 54 children were supported into the charity's safe accommodation during Calan's first year.