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:
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.
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Welsh Women’s Aid (Tel: 02920 541 551)
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