Domestic abuse

Domestic Abuse is a comprehensive term used to describe abuse in the forms of Domestic Violence, Violence against Women, Gender Based Violence and Sexual Violence.

The Gwent-wide Adult Safeguarding Board recognises that adults at risk may be victims of Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence. The Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 focusses on prevention, the protection of victims and support for those affected by these issues.

According to the Home Office (2015) Domestic Abuse (also referred to as Domestic Violence) is any incident or pattern of incidents 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:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

For more information on Violence against Women click here

For more information on Sexual Violence click here

Domestic Abuse statistics suggests that more than 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are affected at some point their lifetime.

A range of domestic abuse awareness training courses are available to staff working in Gwent. Please contact the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Team for more information [email protected]

The Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Team in Gwent have produced a useful guide containing all the regional support services around this topic. Click here

For Further information and support on any of these issues. Please contact any the following agencies:

Live Fear Free

Telephone helpline: 0808 8010 800

Email: [email protected]

Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline

Telephone helpline: 0808 80 10 800

Email: [email protected]


Dyn Safer Wales

The Dyn project works across Wales to support men who experience domestic abuse. They provide free confidential information.

Telephone helpline: 0808 801 0321

Email: [email protected]


Welsh Women’s Aid 

Telephone: 02920 390874



Refuge is one of the largest single providers of specialist accommodation and services to women and children and escaping domestic abuse.


In an emergency you should always call 999

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