Domestic abuse

What is domestic abuse?

Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV) encompasses violence against women and girls, domestic abuse, and sexual violence, including sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, so-called ‘honour’ based abuse, and coercive control and acts of violence which are suffered disproportionally by women that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.

All forms of VAWDASV are fundamental breaches of human rights committed against women, men, and children. Every year lives are damaged needlessly, all forms of violence and abuse are unacceptable and require an effective and timely response from all public services.

How many people are affected by domestic abuse in England and Wales?


  • Each year 2 million people in the UK suffer some form of domestic abuse - 1.3 million female victims (8.2% of the population) and 600,000 male victims (4%),
  • Each year more than 100,000 people in the UK are at high and imminent risk of being murdered or seriously injured because of domestic abuse,
  • Women are much more likely than men to be the victims of high-risk or severe domestic abuse,
  • Seven women a month are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales
  • 130,000 children live in homes where there is high-risk domestic abuse
  • 62% of children living with domestic abuse are directly harmed by the perpetrator of the abuse, in addition to the harm caused by witnessing the abuse of others
  • On average victims at high-risk of serious harm or murder live with domestic abuse for 2-3 years before getting help

  • 85% of victims sought help five times on average from professionals in the year before they got effective help to stop the abuse.

Gwent Safeguarding website

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Blaenau Gwent

Cyfannol - Ebbw Vale

Ebbw Vale Institute, Church Street, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6BE.

Telephone: 01495 533177




Phoenix Domestic Abuse Services

22 Brynheulog St, Blaina, NP13 3LL.

Telephone: 01495291202





26A Cardiff Rd, Caerphilly, CF83 1JP.

Telephone:02920 856691

                  02920860255 (Helpline: 24hr)




New Pathways

Laburnum House, Tredegar Street, Risca, NP11 4YA.

Telephone: 01495233971






Monmouthshire Multi Agency Centre

Women’s Aid, 26b Monk Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5NP

Telephone: tel:01873859011






Museum, Art Gallery and Central Library, John Frost Square, Kingsway Centre, Newport, NP20 1PA.

Telephone: tel:01633213213



56 Stow Hill, Newport, NP20 1JG.

Telephone: tel:01633840258





70 Stow Hill, Newport, NP20 4DW.

Telephone: tel:01633244134


New Pathways

Maple Tree Centre, 20-21 High Street, Newport, NP20 1FW.

Telephone: 01633250205




The Chrysalis Centre, Torfaen Women’s Aid, 3 Town Bridge Buildings, Park Rd, Pontypool, NP4 6JE

Telephone: 01495742061

                   01495742052 (Helpline 24hr) 




Hafan Cymru

24 George Street, Pontypool, NP4 6BY.

Telephone: 0149576883

Welsh Women’s Aid

Welsh Women’s Aid is the national charity in Wales working to end domestic abuse and all forms of violence against women. We are a federation of specialist organisations in Wales (working as part of a UK network of services) that provide lifesaving services to survivors of violence and abuse – women, men, children, families – and deliver a range of innovative preventative services in local communities.


The Live Fear Free Helpline

The Live Fear Free Helpline is the National VAWDASV Helpline for Wales and provides information, advice and support to individuals who have experienced, or are concerned that someone they know may be experiencing, VAWDASV.

The Helpline operates 24/7 and can be contacted via:

Telephone: tel:08088010800

Text:  07860077333




Bawso (Black Association of Women Step Out)

Bawso is the lead organisation in Wales providing practical and emotional support to black minority ethnic (BME) and migrant victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence, human trafficking, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage. Their Wales-wide Helpline can be contacted 24/7 on:

Telephone: tel:08007318147




New Pathways

New Pathways provides a range of specialist counselling and advocacy services for women, men, children, and young people who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse. It is the main sexual violence service provider across Mid, West, East and South Wales.  New Pathways and can be contacted on:

Telephone: tel:01685379310


Other National helplines include:

National NSPCC FGM Helpline: 08000283550

Forced Marriage Unit Helpline: 02070080151

Modern Slavery Helpline: 08000121700

Improving the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of expectant mothers, infants, children and young people throughout Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Area.

(N.B: The Family and Therapies team at ABUHB is NOT responsible for the content on the webpage links that we refer to in our resource sections and linked information to external sites. All information was accurate and appropriate at the time the webpage was created.)

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