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Domestic Abuse

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic Violence is when your partner or any other family member abuses you psychologically, emotionally, physically, sexually or financially.  It can be one single incident or repeated abuse but usually it is a pattern of behaviour.  If you feel intimidated by or frightened of your partner to the point where you feel that you have to change your behaviour you may be experiencing domestic violence.

Sexual Violence includes child sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, prostitution, female genital mutilation, rape etc.  Whenever it happened, whether repeated or a single incident, if it is against your will it is not acceptable.

If you feel that your partner is intimidating you, if you're afraid that your partner's reaction will be aggressive or if you have been affected by sexual abuse then pick up the phone and call one of the support agencies below.

In an emergency call the police on 999.

Are you being abused?

If you answer 'Yes' to any of the following questions you could be in an abusive relationship or your relationship could become abusive.  If you are concerned, please contact one of the support agencies below.

  • Do you feel nervous around your partner?
  • Does your partner hit, shove or punch you?
  • Does your partner put you down, call you names or humiliate you?
  • Are you scared of disagreeing with your partner?
  • Does your partner prevent you from seeing friends or family?
  • Are you made to feel guilty about the children, or has your partner threatened to take the children away?
  • Does your partner have control over the finances and control what you spend?
  • Do you often do things to please your partner rather than to please yourself?
  • Do you feel that with them nothing you do is ever good enough?
  • Do you make excuses for their behaviour (e.g. because of alcohol or drugs)?
  • Do they tell you that the abuse is your fault?

Did you know?

  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse by their partner or ex-partner at some time in their life.
  • Domestic abuse can also affect men, 1 in 6 will experience domestic abuse at some time in their life.
  • Women of all ethnic groups, cultures, age, physical ability, class, religious backgrounds and sexual preference can be affected.
  • Domestic violence occurs every 6 to 20 seconds.  The police can receive an estimated 1,300 calls a day.

Remember

  • The abuse is not your fault.
  • The abuser needs to take responsibility for the abuse.
  • You deserve respect.
  • There is no excuse for abuse - it is not acceptable or excusable.
  • You are not alone.

 IN AN EMERGENCY DON'T DELAY DIAL 999

Support Agencies

Dyfed Powys Police Domestic Abuse Officers can offer help and advice to victims who need police assistance of a non urgent nature.  Telephone: 101

If you need to talk to someone regarding Domestic Abuse, please contact one of our local services.

Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Services Helpline - 01267 234725
Llanelli Women’s Aid Helpline - 01554 741212 - Provides support to families through the Early Family Intervention Programme
Amman Valley Women’s Aid Helpline- 01269 597474

All the above provide refuge accommodation, floating support, outreach support, drop in, services for children and some programmes for services users.  Male victims of domestic abuse can access support.

Tel: 0808 80 10 800

The Wales domestic abuse helpline offers free confidential information and support to women and men experiencing domestic abuse. It is also an information service for people who are concerned about someone they know, and for agencies that need information on the support available in Wales for adults and children.

Our Housing Department can assist whether you’re a home owner, a private tenant or a Council or Housing Association tenant.

Hafan Cymru provides support for women and men experiencing domestic abuse, supported housing and floating support.

Independent Domestic Violence Advisor & Newid Project - The service provides safety planning and supports high risk victims of domestic abuse and supports victims going through the Specialist Domestic Violence Courts.

Telephone: 01267 225555
E-mail: enquiries@hafancymru.co.uk

Victim Support provide help and support for victims of crime whether or not the crime has been reported in Dyfed Powys to the police.

Tel: 0300 123 2996

BAWSO are a specialist agency, which can provide culturally sensitive and appropriate information and services to black and other minority ethnic women and children. It can provide access to refuge, advice, information and translation services via a 24 hour helpline.

Telephone: 0800 731 8147

Karma Nirvana is an honour network and forced marriage helpline - 0800 5999 247

The Kiran Project is an Asian women’s aid that offers advice, support and refuge for Asian women and women from other cultures.

Telephone: 020 8558 1986

The Citizens Advice Bureau Bureau offers free, confidential, impartial and independent advice on a range of issues including debt, benefits, housing and legal matters. Advisers can help fill out forms, write letters, negotiate with creditors and represent individuals at court.

Telephone: 03444 77 20 20
TextRelay: 03444 111 445

Respect is the UK membership organisation for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims and young people.

Helpline for domestic violence perpetrators: 0808 802 4040
Advice Line for male victims of domestic violence: 0808 801 0327

The Dyn Project works across Wales to support men experiencing domestic abuse.

Telephone: 0808 81 0321

NSPCC provide 24hr helpline offering counselling, information and advice to anyone that is concerned about a child.  All counsellors are trained child protection officers.

Telephone: 0808 800 5000
18 or under: 0800 1111

New Pathways provides a range of services in Wales for people who have been affected by rape and sexual abuse.

Telephone:  01685 379 310

SEREN provides a free counselling service for adults who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.

Telephone: 0845 4561657

Page updated on: 12/10/2017

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