Domestic abuse should not happen to anybody. Ever. But it does - and when it does, there is help.
If you suspect a person is at immediate risk of harm call 999 and speak to the Police.
Domestic abuse help is still available during the Christmas shutdown period of RCT's Oasis Centre, Merthyr Tydfil's Teulu Mac and Bridgend's Calan DVS (4pm, December 23 to January 4).
These services will be closed during this period – but victims experiencing domestic abuse should call 999 in an emergency, or otherwise contact the LIVE FEAR FREE helpline number on 0808 80 10 800 (or email email@example.com). This is a 24-hour, 365 days-a-year service, which will be able to link anyone to Women’s Aid RCT refuge provision over the holiday period.
What is Domestic Abuse?
The cross UK government definition of domestic violence and abuse defines Domestic abuse as:
“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”.
There are many different forms of domestic abuse; these include but are not limited to:
- coercively controlling behaviour emotional / psychological abuse
- physical abuse
- sexual abuse
- financial abuse
- harassment and stalking.
Domestic abuse may also include a range of behaviours that, when viewed as isolated incidents, do not seem much, If they involve a pattern of behaviour that result in you feeling fear, alarm or distress, it is abuse.
Who can be affected by domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone regardless of; age, gender, nationality, ethnicity or ability and is regardless of Income, class or status, immigration status, sexual orientation or heath issues (including pregnancy).
Domestic abuse can happen between people who:
• are/have been in an intimate relationship together
• are/have lived together
• have children together
• are of close family relations.
Domestic abuse often continues once the relationship is over.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence, have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence, or are worried about a friend or relative who is experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence you can find local support at:
- In RCT - The Oasis Centre (a non-gender specific service)
Telephone: 01443 49419
- You can also visit the Pontypridd Safety Unit website for further information
- Women's Aid RCT
Telephone: 01443 400791
- In Merthyr Tydfil - TEULU MAC
47- 48 Pontmorlais Merthyr Tydfil CF47 4UN
Telephone: 01685 388444
Freephone: 0800 389 7552
- Please note:
For Bridgend, during the closure of the Civic Offices (where the Assia Suite – domestic abuse facility is based) service users will need to ring Calan office direct. The telephone number is 01656 766139.
Calan DVS, Derwen House, Ct Rd, Bridgend, CF31 1BN.
The Live Fear Free helpline is a confidential, free phone support and information service for anyone experiencing domestic or sexual abuse or wanting more information on available support service and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact the Live Fear Free Helpline on Freephone 0808 80 10 800
You can also visit the Live Fear Free website for further information.
Report a Concern
To report concerns about a child in RCT call:
01443 425 006
To report concerns about an adult at risk in RCT call:
01443 425 003
To report concerns in Merthyr Tydfil call:
01685 725 000
To report concerns about adults at risk in Bridgend call:
To report concerns about children at risk in Bridgend call:
Emergency Out of hours contact number:
01443 743 665