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Domestic Abuse

What is Domestic Abuse?

The Home Office definition of domestic violence and abuse states:

“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.” This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.”

This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

Domestic Abuse Action Plan

Tackling domestic abuse is a priority for the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales and Chief Constable, and South Wales Police is committed to combating this crime – from call taking and first response by officers, to the investigation and the subsequent action to protect victims.

Our South Wales Police Domestic Abuse Action Plan (April 2016) sets out how South Wales Police will PREVENT domestic abuse, PROTECT victims of domestic abuse, PREPARE to tackle domestic abuse and PURSUE domestic abuse offenders. It follows from the priorities for South Wales Police detailed in our Police & Crime Reduction Plan for 2016-2021 and is underpinned by the South Wales Police Plan for Tackling Violence Against Women & Girls 2014 – 2017.

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s Law)

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – often known as Clare’s Law – gives you or a concerned third party (family member, friend) the opportunity to make enquiries about your partner if you are worried that they may have been abusive in the past. If police checks show that your partner has a record of abusive behaviour, or there is other information to indicate that you may be at risk from your partner, the police will consider sharing this information with you. The scheme aims to help you to make a more informed decision on whether to continue a relationship, and provides further help and support.

Please read our Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme booklet and if you wish to make an application please contact us. If you believe there is an immediate risk of harm to you or someone you know, or it is an emergency, please always call 999.

Report it

Tackling domestic abuse is a priority for South Wales Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner, and we are absolutely committed to protecting vulnerable people.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse please report it – call 101 (non emergency police number) or 999 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.

To report domestic abuse anonymously please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or report it online.

Live Fear Free

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse or sexual violence, the national helpline for Wales – Live Fear Free – can provide advice and information:

Support Services

There are a range of local and national services available which provide confidential  support and information for anyone experiencing domestic abuse. They can also offer guidance to individuals concerned about a friend or family member they believe may be experiencing domestic abuse.

All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline (Tel: 0808 80 10 800)

Safer Wales – Women’s Safety Unit (Tel: 029 2022 0033, Email:

Welsh Women’s Aid (Tel: 02920 541 551)

Calan DVS (Bridgend) (Tel:01656 766139)
Cardiff Women’s Aid (Tel:02920 460566)
Merthyr Tydfil
Safer Merthyr (Tel: 01685 353999)
Neath Port Talbot
Port Talbot & Afan Women’s Aid (Tel:01639 894864)
Calan DVS (Neath) (Tel:01639 633580)
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Rhondda Cynon Taf Women’s Aid (Tel:01443 400791)
Oasis Centre Pontypridd (Tel: 01443 494190)
Swansea Women’s Aid (Tel:01792 644683)
Hafan Cymru (Charitable housing association that provides housing and support to women, men, their children and young people across Wales) (Tel:01639 642338)
Vale of Glamorgan
Atal y Fro operating primarily in the Vale of Glamorgan and working holistically with the whole family including perpetrators (Tel: 01446 744755 / Email:
Support for Black and Minority Ethnic people
BAWSO (Provides specialist support for black and minority ethnic people in need) (Tel: 0800 731 8147)
Henna Foundation (Provides support to disadvantaged Muslim children and their families, as well as to the wider community) (Tel: 029 20496920)
Force Marriage Unit (Tel: 020 7008 0151)
NSPCC FGM helpline  (Tel: 0800 028 3550)
Support for Young People
Childline  (Tel:0800 1111)
NSPCC (Tel:0808 800 5000)
Llamau (Homeless young people and vulnerable women in Wales) (Tel:01685 379999/01443 693737)
Support for Men
Dyn Project (Support for Hetrosexual, Gay, Bisexual and Trans men) (Tel:0808 801 0321)
Support for Perpetrators
RESPECT (Tel: 0808 802 40 40)