Llamau is proud to announce a new ambassador for their work towards ending violence against women and girls. Anna McMorrin, the Labour MP for Cardiff North and Shadow Minister for Victims and Youth Justice, has joined forces with Llamau to raise awareness of their work supporting women experiencing domestic abuse and breaking the cycle of domestic abuse, trauma and homelessness that women and girls face.
Llamau’s mission is to end homelessness for women, and one of the biggest causes of homelessness for women is domestic abuse. Last year Llamau supported over 4,000 women and children across their domestic abuse services in Wales. Incidents are rapidly on the rise with nearly 850,000 domestic abuse related crimes recorded by the police across England & Wales in 20/21, a fifth of all offences and likely a huge underestimate of the true numbers.
Ms McMorrin’s appointment marks White Ribbon Day 2022, a global movement which aims to engage men and boys to end violence against women and girls. This year, representatives from Llamau and peer organisations will march to Llandaff Cathedral for the multi-faith Light a Candle event, signifying the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls.
Anna has always been a supporter of issues facing women. Last year she was brave enough to share her own experiences of domestic abuse and broke down the stigma that it only happens to ‘certain’ women.
Anna said, “As Shadow Victims Minister, I speak to survivors every single day fleeing domestic abuse, in desperate need of support and let down by our failing criminal justice system.
“I’ve seen first-hand the difference Llamau’s support can make to women and young people in need. That’s why on this White Ribbon Day, I’m so proud to become an Ambassador for Llamau, working with them in their mission to provide safe sanctuary, give a helping hand and campaign for better.”
Frances Beecher, Llamau’s Chief Executive, said “We are delighted to have such an ally as Anna become an ambassador for Llamau. At Llamau we are proud and privileged to support women across a number of important and essential services. Now, more than ever, we need to create awareness around all forms of abuse against women and girls and show people that we are all responsible for stamping this out. Having Anna on board will help us achieve this.”
Llamau thanks Anna for her support now and for the future.
Watch how Natasha, one of the women we support, made the brave and terrifying decision to leave an abusive home here: https://www.llamau.org.uk/Blog/natashas-story