This year, South Wales based charity, Calan DVS is celebrating 10 years since in 2012.  

 Calan’s specialist services include accommodation for women and children, community support and crisis drop-in services for adult victims, specialist support for children and young people, family programmes, recovery programmes including The Freedom Programme and Own My Life, a RESPECT accredited recovery and resilience programme for male victims and a specifically designed recovery programme for victims within the LGBTQ+ community.

Calan DVS Background

Calan DVS was formed in 2012 as a result of the merger between Neath and Lliw Valley Women’s Aid Groups, the first Women’s Aid services in Wales to merge. The aspiration behind this merger was to become the benchmark for domestic abuse support services; and for the organisation to become synonymous with innovation, service development and excellence.

The formation of Calan DVS combined over 60 years of service delivery experience. 

Read more about Calan’s background here

10th Anniversary Events

At events to mark the charity’s 10th Anniversary, Calan received many messages of congratulations and support  including video messages from actors Michael Sheen and Shelley King as well as Ruth Dodsworth, ITV presenter and a survivor of domestic abuse. Calan also received a letter of congratulations from Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. 

In June, the charity brought everyone together (staff, trustees, volunteers, supporters and special guests) at a single celebration and showcase event to highlight the key achievements and milestones since formation in 2012.  This was also an opportunity for Calan to say a big thank you to staff, trustees and volunteers for their commitment and support during this time.  

Click here to read more about the event

Calan DVS Impact Report

During the charity’s 10th Anniversary celebration event, they took the opportunity share details of the impact that Calan DVS has had over the past 10 years in terms of supporting women, men, children, families, communities and professionals.

Some of the key statistics included support for:

•    1,863 women and 945 children and young people through our refuge provision

•    6,211 adults within our community services

•    3,295 children in our community services

•    327 families through bespoke programmes.

You can see more statistics in the image below:


Five Year Strategy

For the next five years, Calan has set a number of key strategic priorities, creating a framework which outlines what the charity wants to achieve, the difference this will make and how they will measure our success.

These include the launch of a specialist Sexual Violence Support Service along with the launch of the Calan’s first Sexual Violence Trauma  Sexual Trauma and Recovery Centre (The S.T.A.R Centre) which will be based in Neath.

See Calan’s five strategic priorities below:

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More About Calan DVS

If you would like to find out more about Calan DVS and it’s services, visit the charity’s website at

The website includes information about the charity, the services which Calan deliver and much more.