If you suspect a person is at immediate risk of harm call 999 and speak to the Police.
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 494190
The Pontypridd Safety Unit aims to:
You can also visit the Pontypridd Safety Unit website for further information
In Merthyr Tydfil - TEULU MAC
47 - 48 Pontmorlais
Telephone: 01685 388444
Freephone: 0800 389 7552
The Government defines domestic violence 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.
This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse: Psychological, Physical, Sexual, Financial & Emotional
Domestic violence is about one person in a relationship using a pattern of behaviours to control the other person. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.
Examples of abuse include:
•name-calling or putdowns
•keeping a partner from contacting their family or friends withholding money
•stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job
•actual or threatened physical harm
This abuse also relates to the perpetrator allowing or causing a child to witness, or be at risk of witnessing, domestic abuse. Domestic abuse essentially involves the misuse of power and exercise of control by one person over another with whom there is, or has been, a close relationship.
Abuse is not always easy to spot as it can gradually get worse over time and signs can often go unnoticed for months, even many years. Often, what the victim sees is not what friends, relatives and neighbours see. Many people who are being abused do not see themselves as victims. Also, abusers do not see themselves as being abusive.
For more information on domestic abuse in RCT visit the Pontypridd Safety Unit website
If your partner repeatedly uses one or more of the following to control you;
•pushing, hitting, slapping, choking, kicking, or biting
•threatening you, your children, other family members or pets
•threatening suicide to get you to do something
•using or threatening to use a weapon against you
•keeping or taking your money
•puts you down or makes you feel bad
•forcing you to have sex or to do sexual acts you do not want or like
•keeping you from seeing your friends, family or from going to work
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