Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. Current statistics suggest as many as 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be affected by domestic abuse at some point in their lives.
The cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is: "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. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities such as 'honour based violence', female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.
An adult is defined as any person aged 18 years or over. Family members are defined as mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, and grandparents, whether directly related, in laws or stepfamily.
Domestic abuse occurs across society, regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, wealth, and geography. Often, domestic abuse involves a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour, which tends to get worse over time.
If you think this may be happening to you and you would like to talk to someone about it in confidence please call: 0808 8010 800. This is the Welsh domestic abuse helpline who have trained support workers to help you www.wdah.org.
If you are in immediate danger always call 999.
The Pembrokeshire Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator sits within the Safer Pembrokeshire team and holds a number of regular groups and meetings to address the issue of Domestic Abuse locally.
Pembrokeshire Domestic Abuse Forum is a multi-agency group responsible for sharing information and good practise around domestic abuse services. The forum works to the following Terms of Reference:
The Domestic Abuse Delivery Group oversees the two year Domestic Abuse business plan.
Two other groups meet regularly to focus on issues arising from the Specialist Domestic Violence Court (a specialist court service convened to support victims to prosecute the offenders) and to focus on services for Children and Young People.
There are a number of programmes to help young people understand about healthy and unhealthy relationships as well as recognising domestic abuse. The spectrum pack is currently being offered by Hafan Cymru in a number of secondary schools across Pembrokeshire and the Safety, Trust and Respect programme is run by Welsh Women's Aid.
Crucial crew is offered to all Year 6 children (10-11 year olds) and bullying at home is one of the sessions offered.
Pembrokeshire currently has a part time Independent Domestic Abuse Advisor who is able to support high risk victims. There is also a refuge for women and their children who need to get to a place of safety. Please call Hafan Cymru on 01438 768671 for further details.
One Stop Shop
The Centre for Domestic Abuse Resource (CEDAR) offers a central point of contact for anyone concerned about domestic abuse whether as a victim, friend, relative or child. We also work in partnership with a range of existing groups and schemes run by other professional agencies in order for our clients to attend a familiar and comfortable environment. The service, which includes advice, counselling and training, is accessible to men, women and children who are seeking support around domestic abuse issues.
Welsh Women's Aid www.welshwomensaid.org.uk/ (new window)
Hafan Cymru www.hafancymru.co.uk (new window)
Dyn project (for men who experience abuse) 0808 801 0321 www.dynproject.co.uk (new window)
Victim Support www.victimsupport.org.uk (new window)
Kooth - online advice and counselling service for young people www.kooth.com (new window)
For more information or to discuss ideas on how we can work together effectively to reduce domestic abuse, please contact:
Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator
Cydlynydd Cam-drin Domestig
The Domestic Abuse Priority in the Single Integrated Plan has beneath it a number of Headline Actions which the Community Safety Partnership will take forward. These are;
• Continue to raise awareness of domestic abuse and promote services
• Ensure young people are aware of healthy relationships and are able to recognise abusive behaviour
• Continue to develop services to provide effective advice and support to those affected by domestic abuse
• Work with criminal justice partners to improve responses to domestic abuse
• Effectively manage perpetrators to reduce risk
What have we done over the last 12 months?