Domestic Violence/Abuse

This is violent or aggressive behaviour within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. It can include physical, psychological, sexual and emotional abuse from a partner, ex-partner or family member.

Each year approximately 2.1 million people suffer some form of domestic abuse. Of this figure 1.4 million are woman and 700,000 are men. Statistics show that 7 women a month are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales.

Those under 25 are most likely to suffer interpersonal violence or abuse. This occurs when one person uses power and control over another through physical, sexual, or emotional threats or actions, economic control, isolation, or other kinds of coercive behaviour.

Sometimes an individual is not aware that they are a victim of domestic abuse. If you or if you think someone you know is currently in an abusive relationship and is being subjected to domestic violence, please do not suffer in silence. Contact us and we’ll do whatever we can to help.

Help Available

It’s not always easy to confide in a friend or family member. Sometimes, it’s easier to speak to someone you don’t know. There are a number of sources of help available for victims of domestic abuse.

Women's Domestic Violence helpline. Tel: 0808 2000 247
Cardiff Women’s Aid. Tel: 029 2046 0566

Men are not the only perpetrators of domestic abuse. They can also be the victims of it too.

Men’s Advice Line. Tel: 0808 801 0327

Sexual Abuse Support

Sexual violence or unwanted pressure to have sex, whether in or outside of a relationship, is totally unacceptable. If you feel you are immediately at risk you should call 999 without hesitation.

If someone has forced you into a sexual situation that you are uncomfortable with, there is help available. Call Cardiff SARC Centre (Sexual Assault Referral Centre), on 02920 335795 (9am – 5pm) where specially trained, experienced professionals can give help, support and advice to men, women and young people in confidence.

Cardiff University Student Support also has a team put in place to help in cases or sexual violence and assault. If you have been a victim of this or know someone who has and want to seek help, you can contact the team by clicking the link here: https://intranet.cardiff.ac.uk/students/health-and-wellbeing/violence-abuse-and-unhealthy-relationships/get-help/the-disclosure-response-team.