What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are family members or those who are currently or have been intimate partners, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Domestic violence and abuse can occur within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels.

If you are experiencing abuse, or have done in the past, remember you are not to blame and there are people and organisations that can help you.

Domestic abuse can take many forms and include the following:

Below are some of the things you might hear about if you or someone you know is receiving help as a result of Domestic Abuse:

How to get help

If you are in immediate danger call the police by dialling 999. If you would like to speak to a police officer but it isn’t urgent then you can call 101.

You can access specialist help through a Victim Focus officer or you can contact one of the services listed below directly. Please click here to find out more about your local Victim Focus Team and how to contact them


  • 24 Hour Live Fear Free Helpline

If you are experiencing abuse by your partner, ex-partner or family member and need advice you can contact the 24 Hour Live Fear Free Helpline 0808 8010 800 Email: info@livefearfreehelpline.wales


Bawso is an all Wales Support Provider, delivering specialist services to people from Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) backgrounds who are affected by domestic abuse and other forms of abuse, including Female Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriage, Human Trafficking & Prostitution. Bawso provide support, advice and information from their offices in Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil and Swansea.

Contact the 24 hour helpline: 08007318147 or contact their regional Offices:

Cardiff 029 20644 633 (Clarence House, Clarence Road, Butetown, Cardiff CF10 5FB)

Merthyr Tydfil 01685375394 (Teulu MAC47 – 48 Pontmorlais West Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8UN)

Swansea 01792 642 003 (63 Mansel Street Swansea SA1 5TN)


The Safer Wales Dyn project provides support to Heterosexual, Gay, Bisexual and Trans men who are experiencing Domestic abuse from a partner.

Tel:0808 801 0321 Email: dyn@saferwales.com


Rainbow Bridge is a Victim Support run service that specifically supports victims of domestic abuse who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender