1.These Explanatory Notes relate to the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 which was passed by the National Assembly for Wales on 10 March 2015 and received Royal Assent on 29 April 2015.

2.They have been prepared by the Welsh Government’s Department for Local Government and Communities in order to assist the reader of the Act. The Explanatory Notes should be read in conjunction with the Act but are not part of it. They are not meant to be a comprehensive description of the Act. Where an individual section of the Act does not seem to require any explanation or comment, none is given.