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Assia Newton's sister in fight to end domestic abuse

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Media captionNadia Salaman called for more awareness of different types of abuse

The sister of a woman murdered by her estranged husband is taking part in a campaign to stamp out domestic abuse, saying people should not be living in fear.

Nadia Salaman's sister, Assia Newton, 44, was strangled at home in Pencoed, near Bridgend, after decades of abuse.

Kelvin Newton, 45, was jailed for life at Cardiff Crown Court last July.

Events are being held across Wales on Tuesday for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

"Domestic abuse is wrong. Living in fear is wrong," said Ms Salaman.

"I would like more awareness, public awareness, of the different forms of abuse because a lot of people don't realise that they are being abused."

She described abuse as emotional, controlling as well as physical and said her sister had been a victim of such abuse for a number of years.

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Image caption Assia Newton was murdered after she asked her estranged husband for a divorce

"Living in fear isn't normal. I'd urge anybody in any situation, please seek help and do it safely."

In Wales, the police, councils and Welsh government are joining help groups to raise awareness in a bid to stamp out domestic violence.

A number of candle-lit walks are being staged with a service at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff for the "silent victims of domestic abuse".

Welsh Women's Aid chief executive Eleri Butler said the events aim to "get people talking about the extent of violence against women that as a society we tolerate every day".

She added: "We should all be part of the solution to end violence against women in all its forms.

"In doing so, we must prioritise listening to survivors so that we can improve understanding of their circumstances and how to best meet their needs."

Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews will attend the multi-faith event at the cathedral before returning to the Senedd to hold a debate on the Gender-Based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill.

"These events are important steps towards ending the silence surrounding domestic abuse and violence against women," he said.

"All too often these insidious crimes are perpetrated behind closed doors, and frequently there is more than one victim.

"Friends and family are affected, and children in homes where violence is a way of life also suffer deeply."

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