Support for those affected by domestic abuse

J9

Swansea City AFC is proud to support the J9 initiative.

J9 is an initiative to raise awareness and to help survivors of domestic abuse.

The J9 Domestic Abuse initiative is named in memory of Janine Mundy who was killed by her estranged husband in June 2003 while he was on police bail. Janine was the mother of two young boys.

The initiative was started by her family and the local police in Cambourne, Cornwall, where she lived. Janine used to sign her text messages J9, hence the name of this initiative.

At the Swansea.com Stadium, simply say ‘J9’ to one of our staff and you will be provided with access to a ‘safe space’ where you can contact support and specialist services.

If you or your children are in immediate danger, call the police on 999. 

What is Domestic Abuse?

The UK government’s definition of domestic abuse is:  

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: 

  • Coercive Control  
  • Psychological and/or Emotional Abuse
  • Physical Abuse 
  • Sexual Abuse 
  • Financial or Economic Abuse 
  • Harassment and Stalking
  • Tech/Online Abuse  

Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

Domestic Abuse includes 'honour’ based violence (HBV), female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage (FM).  

Domestic abuse does not have any boundaries - it can happen to anyone and anybody can be an abuser, regardless of age, background, ethnicity, gender, religion or belief, and sexualityWhilst domestic abuse can occur in all types of relationships, evidence shows the vast majority of domestic abuse incidents are carried out by men and experienced by women.

Whilst the government definition applies to those aged 16 or above young people under 16 can be in abusive relationships.   

‘Clare’s Law’ - domestic violence disclosure scheme

Clare's Law (clares-law.com)

From March 8 2014, the domestic violence disclosure scheme was implemented across England and Wales.

Right to ask - Under the scheme an individual can ask police to check whether a new or existing partner has a violent past. This is the ‘right to ask’. If records show that an individual may be at risk of domestic violence from a partner, the police will consider disclosing the information. A disclosure can be made if it is legal, proportionate and necessary to do so.

Right to know -  This enables an agency to apply for a disclosure if the agency believes that an individual is at risk of domestic violence from their partner. Again, the police can release information if it is lawful, necessary and proportionate to do so.

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LOCAL HELPLINES

 

Live Fear Free Helpline – Wales only  

Anyone needing advice around domestic abuse and domestic and sexual abuse  support services in the local area for a survivor to access or to sign post to. 

0808 80 10 800 

Available 24/7 

 

Bawso 

Supporting people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who are affected by domestic abuse and other forms of abuse, including female genital mutilation, forced marriage, human trafficking and prostitution. 

0800 7318147 

info@bawso.org.uk 

 

Calan DVS  

Domestic abuse charity for women, men and families. Professionals can use the Live Fear Free helpline to obtain advice. 

Ammanford: 01269 597474 

Brecon: 01874 625146 

Neath Port Talbot: 01639 633580 

Radnor: 01597 824655 

enquiries@calandvs.org.uk 

 

Forced Marriage Unit  

Contact the Forced Marriage Unit if you're trying to stop a forced marriage or you need help leaving a marriage you have been forced into. 

Call 999 in an emergency 

020 7008 0151 

From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 0151 

Out of hours: 020 7008 5000 

fmu@fcdo.gov.uk 

 

Galop  

LGBT+ people experiencing abuse and violence. Galop works with those who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crimes, sexual abuse and so-called conversion therapy. 

0800 999 5428 

help@galop.org.uk 

 

Men's Advice Line 

A confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic abuse and frontline workers supporting male victims. 

0808 8010327 

 

New Pathways 

Sexual violence support for adults and children.  Services include SARC, a sexual assault referral centre, to which you can self refer and ISVAs, independent sexual violence advisors. 

Swansea: 01792 206885 

Merthyr Tydfil: 01685 379310 

  

NSPCC Female genital mutilation helplin

Help to keep children and young people safe. 

If someone is in immediate danger, call the police on 999 

0800 028 3550 

help@nspcc.org.uk  

 

Police - domestic abuse unit 

For professionals.

Call 999 in an emergency 

Bridgend: 01656 655555 

Swansea/Neath Port Talbot: 01792 323232 

 

Respect 

Safe, effective work with perpetrators, male victims, and young people using violence in their close relationships. 

0808 802 4040 

 

SBU safeguarding team 

01639 683164 Mon-Fri 8am until 8pm 

 

Thrive Women's Aid Port Talbot 

For those who are worried about abuse and need advice and support and professionals who wish to refer. 

01639 894864 

info@thrivewa.org.uk 

 

*Live Fear Free Helpline:  0808 80 10 800 (available 24/7)* 

Survivor's Trust 

0808 801 0818 

 

Swansea Women's Aid 

Supporting women with or without children who are affected by domestic abuse. 

01792 644683 (24 hours) 

*Live Fear Free Helpline:  0808 80 10 800 (available 24/7)* 

 

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NATIONAL HELPLINES

 

Women’s Aid Domestic Violence Helpline

Free 24-hour national helpline run by Women’s Aid and Refuge.

Phone: 0808 2000 247

 

Hourglass

The Hourglass confidential helpline provides information and support to anyone concerned about harm, abuse or exploitation of an older person.

Phone: 0808 808 8141

 

Men’s Advice Line 

Confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse.

Phone: 0808 801 0327

 

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 

Emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people.

Phone: 0800 999 5428

 

National Stalking Helpline

Guidance on the law, how to report stalking, gathering evidence, staying safe and reducing the risk.

Phone: 0808 802 0300

 

Domestic Violence Assist

Specialises in assistance to obtain emergency injunctions from being further abused.

Phone: 0800 195 8699

 

National Centre for Domestic Violence

Specialises in assistance to get emergency injunctions from being further abused.

Phone: 0800 970 2070

 

Victim Support

Free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family and friends.

Phone: 0808 1689 111

 

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