Ceredigion Domestic Abuse Forum
The Ceredigion Domestic Abuse Forum is a group of people who work for different statutory and voluntary agencies in Ceredigion that work with adult and child victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse.
The Forum is committed to working towards enabling people to live their lives free of violence and abuse. The Forum aims to reduce all incidents of domestic abuse, identify ways of prevention & increase knowledge by raising awareness through education & training of children, young people & adults on domestic abuse.
WHAT IS DOMESTIC ABUSE?
Domestic Abuse can take many forms including:
- physical - including bullying and threats
- sexual - rape and forced participation in sexual acts
- emotional - including mental or verbal abuse and humiliation
- psychological - including isolation, sleep deprivation and intimidation
- economic - forced financial dependence, being made to ask for money or withholding money completely.
Are you experiencing any of the above?
If the answer is yes, then you are in an abusive relationship.
Domestic abuse cuts across all social groups, classes, ages, cultures and disabilities - it can happen to anyone at any time of the day or night and can create many different problems. Domestic abuse can occur in family relationships or between partners or ex-partners. The majority of domestic abuse is perpetrated by men against women although this is not always the case - men also experience domestic abuse, as do women and men in same sex relationships.
DO YOU NEED TO LEAVE HOME BECAUSE OF DOMESTIC ABUSE?
You will normally be considered to be legally homeless if it is not reasonable for you to occupy your home because of the risk or fear of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse is a serious crime that is wholly unacceptable. There are a number of agencies in Ceredigion that can help.
WOMEN'S AID SERVICES
If you are a woman who is thinking of leaving home because of domestic abuse, or if you have already left home, Women's Aid may be able to help you by:
- listening to you without judging or telling you what to do
- offering practical information on:
- your legal position
- money and financial matters
- children's needs
- arranging transport if you wish to leave your home
- arranging medical help or specialist legal advice if you need it
- putting you in touch with other supportive agencies and sources of help
In Ceredigion there are Women's Aid groups in Aberystwyth and Cardigan providing the following services for women and children affected by domestic abuse:
- 24hr helplines offering support, information and access to other services, including emergency accommodation
- Access to safe emergency accommodation for women with or without children This may be at our own refuges or at another refuge in Wales, England, Scotland or Ireland. Accommodation consists of your own bedroom and other shared facilities. Support and information is available during your stay
- Outreach support to women in the community, whether you have left, or are still in a violent relationship
- Children's workers offering specialist support to children of women using the refuge and outreach services.
Contacting Women's' Aid in Ceredigion:
Aberystwyth Women's Aid: 01970 625 585 (24hr)
Information Centre 4 Pound Place, Aberystwyth
Open 11am - 2 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
Cardigan Women's Aid: 01239 615 385 (24hr)
The Police are committed to providing a caring and professional service to victims of domestic abuse. In Ceredigion there is a designated Domestic Violence Officer who is based in the Public Protection Unit.
Domestic Violence Unit 01545 571408
In an emergency dial 999
Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline
Cymdeithas Tai Hafan
Cymdeithas Tai Hafan also has a project in Ceredigion. Ceredigion Floating Support, presently has one bed space of floating support for vulnerable women.
For parents who are experiencing violence from their children.
The ManKind Initiative.
The ManKind Initiative is a charity providing help and information to male victims of domestic abuse or domestic violence.
01823 334 244
Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm & 7pm – 9pm.
Our helpline is manned by trained people who give information and support on all aspects of domestic abuse including reporting incidents, police procedures, housing, benefits and injunctions.
We refer people to refuges, local authorities and other support services where appropriate.
Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre
The Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre provides a confidential 24 hour help line for individuals who have experienced, or are experiencing, domestic violence.
MFCC also run perpetrator programmes.
Men Experience Domestic Abuse-MEDA
Child Contact Centre
Respect is an organisation promoting best practice for domestic violence perpetrator programmes and associated support services in the UK.
If you have decided to leave your abusive relationship try and take the following with you:
- House keys
- Child benefit book Benefit book including letter confirming receipt of benefit
- Bank/building society cards/cheque book/details
- Marriage and birth certificates
- Photo ID such as a current driving licence/passport
- Clothes for yourself and your children
- Medical cards
- National insurance number
- Proof of residency
- Mortgage/tenancy details
If you are in any danger just leave or call the Police!
If you require any information on domestic abuse issues please contact:
Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator:
Natalie Hardess PPU,
Aberaeron Police Station,
Tel: 01545 571408/07966648963 Fax: 01545 574943
Office hours Mon - Fri 9am-5pm
Dyfed Powys Regional Domestic Abuse Forum Website aimed at children & young People aged 11-17 years old.