1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime – many of these on a number of occasions.
On average women experience 35 incidents of domestic abuse before they report it to any professional agency.
Every year 1 million women experience at least one incident of domestic abuse.
One incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute.
On average, 2 women a week are killed by a current or former male partner.
The Domestic Abuse Resource Team (DART) offer confidential, practical and emotional support to female and male victims of domestic abuse age 16+.
Our Support Workers will assist you by providing information and advocacy in order for you to make positive changes. An initial meeting will be arranged in order to establish your priority needs and a plan of action will be put in place with your agreement, in order to start addressing these needs.
By working with partner agencies, support workers will help you to access wider services as identified in your support plan, which could include:
- Securing emergency refuge accommodation
- Financial advice
- Mental Health e.g. anxiety and depression
- Drug and alcohol support services
- Legal advice
What other services can assist?
Independent Domestic Violence Advisers (IDVA) also work within DART.
The Community IDVA supports high risk victims of domestic abuse with safety planning in order to quickly reduce risk.
The Court IDVA also supports high risk victims of domestic abuse but specialises in supporting victims and survivors accessing the criminal justice and family court systems.
DART work alongside local agencies and organisations in order to maximise the response provided to victims of domestic abuse. We are located in the Teulu Multi Agency Centre, a town centre one stop shop where co-located organisations provide drop-in sessions and support to victims during office hours.
Contact us on (01685) 388444
Freephone 0800 3897552 (free number will not appear on your telephone bill)
Text or call: 07539 170396
If you require support outside of office hours then please contact:
- The Live Fear Free Helpline 0808 8010800
- Police by dialling 101 or in an emergency dial 999
In order to deliver its support services to victims of domestic abuse, Safer Merthyr Tydfil recognises the contribution, support and funding from:
- Welsh Government
- Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
- Lloyds Bank Foundation
- South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner