A FORMER victim of domestic abuse is taking a giant step to support a Barry-based charity that helped her get back on her feet.

Twenty-five-year-old Claire Ball is hoping people will rally round to support her and fellow walkers’ efforts on a five-mile sponsored walk from King Square, Barry, to Cosmeston Park, Penarth, in aid of Atal y Fro, formerly Women’s Aid.

The walk will begin at 12.30pm on Wednesday, November 20.

The Cartref Porthceri residential home care attendant said she had chosen to raise money for the Holton Road-based charity as a thank you for all that they had done for her.

Atal y Fro is an organisation dedicated to the elimination of domestic abuse, providing support and information to women, men and children.

Claire, of Barry, said: “I was referred to Atal y Fro about two years ago and after initial assessment was given a support worker who over the next 18 months provided me with support, security, counselling and even funding for basic household items which really helped me. There wasn't much of an age gap between myself and Katie and she became more like a friend. I could trust her undoubtedly.

“Together we worked through a programme called pattern changing which enables survivors to move out of the cycle of abuse and identify the dynamics of abuse.

“I really feel like I owe everything to Atal y Fro for helping me rebuild myself after years of domestic abuse. I wouldn't be who I am today without them and I really want to just reach out and raise awareness to any woman or man suffering from domestic abuse and let them know that there is help out there and nobody should have to suffer in silence and live in fear of the person they love.”

She added: “I am so pleased that a few others have shown interest in taking part. One woman said by taking part it was her way of saying thank you as well to Atal y Fro. If I could raise £500 for Atal y Fro I would be so pleased. Anybody is still welcome to join."

For information about Atal y Fro call 01446 744755, email info@atalyfro.org or visit www.atalyfro.org

The charity is also marking the United Nations day for the elimination of violence against women and girls with its Edwina Vaughan Award 2013 on Friday, November 29.

The event, at the Sully Sports & Social Club, will be a social evening including Bliss Dancers, music, dancing and a hog roast with vegetarian option.

Atal y Fro has been shortlisted for the Lloyds TSB community fund. To support it, place a token in the box on display at the Lloyds Bank branch in Holton Road, Barry.