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.
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.
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|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|
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.