Get help with Domestic Abuse

Everyone has the right to live free from fear, intimidation and abuse, especially within their own home. It’s important that those affected by domestic violence and abuse are supported to make their own decisions.

If you feel you are in immediate danger, ring 999.

Live Fear Free – call 0808 80 10 800

Domestic abuse is any violence between partners or former partners in an intimate relationship. The violence can include physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse, threats and damage.

Physical — beating, kicking, slapping, punching, burning, strangulation, stabbing, denying sleep.

Sexual — rape, enforced sex or prostitution, pornography, or any other sexual behaviour or activity that you find unacceptable.

Emotional — jealousy, humiliation, degradation, systematic criticism, put-downs, intimidation, isolation from family and friends, withholding sex, threats or suicide.

Verbal — verbal abuse, aggressive response or threats to harm.

Financial — denying or withdrawing money.

Domestic abuse is a serious and widespread problem, although it is often hidden in the family. Abuse happens in all societies irrespective of gender, ethnicity, class, nationality, religion, cultural background, disability, marital status, age or sexual orientation.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be affected at sometime in their lives by domestic abuse. Men as well as women can be the victims, and it also affects same-sex relationships.

The law includes both controlling behaviour and coercive behaviour within the definition of domestic abuse and these definitions include so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.

Powys County Council are currently working on a Strategy to prevent Domestic Abuse and support victims and survivors.  This is at the consultation stage.

Most of the websites below provide “safe buttons” to quickly browse to another website.  For more information on safe browsing, see the Welsh Women’s Aid website: cover your tracks

  • Live Fear Free - Call free on 0808 80 10 800. A confidential, non-judgmental service providing information and support.  Available in Welsh and English, with access to Language Line to support other languages, and BT Type Talk for callers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
  • Disrespect nobody - Advice for young people on healthy relationships and what is abusive.
  • Welsh Women’s Aid - National group representing 34 local groups across Wales.  Information and advice including legal protection, how to find your local group, and details of their campaigns and training programmes.
  • Powys Domestic Abuse Forum - The forum is a partnership between various organisations and is committed to reducing the incidence of domestic abuse. They have produced this guide for professionals.
  • Broken Rainbow - A registered charity funded by the Home Office, Broken Rainbow is the UK’s only National lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Domestic Violence Helpline providing confidential support to all members of the LGBT community, their family and friends, and agencies supporting them. The helpline service is run by trained LGBT people who have an understanding of your sexual identity issues along with the impact domestic violence can have on your life.
  • New Pathways - New Pathways operate a Sexual Abuse Referral Centre (SARC) in Newtown which is a special facility where recent victims of rape or sexual assault can receive immediate help and support. This can include access to a forensic medical examination, which is carried out by an experienced and qualified doctor, and the opportunity to speak to the Police about what has happened to them if the client wishes to do so. SARC clients also receive help and advice from one of our Crisis Workers who can offer to support them and stay with them throughout the process. You can call New Pathways on 01267 266166. 

 

 

Where can I get help?

Agency and Contact Details Area Description of Service
Powys Housing services. Tel: 01597 827464 Powys wide Temporary accommodation. Works to improve the security of your home
Hafan Cymru Tel: 01874 620030 Powys wide Independent Domestic Violence Advocates. Floating support.
Dyfed-Powys police. In an emergency ring 999. Powys wide Prevention of abuse and apprehension of perpetrators.
Calan DVS. Tel : 01874 625146 Brecon, Knighton, Llandrindod, Presteigne and Ystradgynlais area Refuge Accommodation. Outreach/Community Support
Montgomery Family Crisis Centre Tel : 01686 629114 Welshpool, Newtown and Machynlleth area Female and Male Refuge accommodation. Outreach/Community Support. S.T.A.R. group

More Information

Links to other websites:

Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 -  sets out to improve the arrangements of; the prevention of gender based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence; the protection of victims and support for people affected by gender based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence. 

Domestic Homicide Review - this will occur where there is a death as the result of domestic abuse.

Powys Regional Partnership Board  - You will find the Joint Commissioning Strategy for Domestic Abuse in Powys 2016-2019 under 'Key strategic documents' on this page.

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