Domestic Violence and Abuse

In the year ending March 2019, an estimated 2.4 million adults aged 16 to 74 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year (1.6 million women and 786,000 men).

There is limited research on how many trans people experience domestic abuse in the UK, and the best studies have small group samples. However, these figures suggest it is a significant issue. A report by the The Scottish Transgender Alliance indicates that 80% of trans people had experienced emotional, sexual, or physical abuse from a partner or ex-partner.

The police recorded 746,219 domestic abuse-related crimes in the year ending March 2019, an increase of 24% from the previous year.

The UK Home Office defines domestic violence and abuse as:

‘Any incident or pattern of controlling, coercive, 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:

  • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Online or digital abuse

Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual act or activity. There are many different kinds of sexual violence, including but not restricted to:

  • Rape
  • sexual assault
  • child sexual abuse
  • sexual harassment
  • rape within marriage / relationships
  • forced marriage
  • so-called honour-based violence
  • female genital mutilation
  • trafficking
  • sexual exploitation
  • ritual abuse

Getting Help


If you feel you are in immediate danger you should dial 999 without hesitation.

  • The University’s Security Office is also available 24 hours a day on 02920 874 444
  • and the Students’ Union Security on 02920 871410
  • For less urgent concerns about your safety you should contact 101
  • or the Police Student Liason Officer on 02920 338432.


Cardiff University’s Disclosure Response Team (DRT) are a team of specialist University staff, trained to support students affected by harassment, hate crime, sexual violence, relationship abuse and other forms of unacceptable behaviour.

You can report to them by completing the Student Online Disclosure Form. Your report can be anonymous if you prefer and all disclosures are taken seriously.

If you do not want to complete the form but would still like to access support, you can email This is a confidential inbox, only accessed by members of the team.

The DRT offers practical support, including:

  • Support to manage ongoing safety concerns
  • Contact to talk about your experience and the options of support available
  • Practical advice on housing, financial and academic needs
  • Support if the person who has been violent/abusive lives or studies with you
  • Signposting to specialist support agencies

Student Advice

Student Advice can also provide you with practical advice and support. We can advise on housing and any implications of the abuse on your study. If the perpetrator is a Cardiff University student, we can advise on how to make a complaint against them to the University. We can support you through your complaint and advise on submitting extenuating circumstances or taking an interruption of study if that becomes necessary.

Contact Student Advice
+44 (0)2920 781410

Other external sources of advice and support include

  • Live Fear Free: a government scheme offering advice and support for those experiencing domestic abuse, sexual violence and violence against women. out of hours' helpline on 0808 80 10 800,
  • Refuge: Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for women and children
  • Cardiff Women’s Aid: 24/7 helpline 029 2046 0566
  • Men’s Advice Line: Advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse 0808 801 0327
  • Galop: National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428