If domestic violence is an issue that is going on for you right now, it is perhaps more important to be considering your physical safety than the psychological effects of this abuse at this moment in time. The following contact numbers may be of help to you.
Swansea Police Domestic Abuse Unit has specially trained staff who can help and advise you. Their telephone number is 01792 562759 in office hours or call 999 in an emergency.
The Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline provides confidential listening, help and support. It is available between 8am-2pm and 8pm-2am daily on FREEPHONE 0808 8010800 .
Other organisations who may be able to help are:
Swansea Women's Aid 01792 644683 or Victim Support 01792 543653
If you are afraid that you may abuse someone please call Respect on 0845 1228609 .
If you are not in a situation of present danger, but have suffered the effects of domestic abuse and would like to talk to someone about what has happened to you, then SWAN counsellors may be able to help. Whilst we are not in a position to stop domestic violence, we are in a position to listen to you and to help you to consider strategies and ideas that may be helpful to you now and in the future.
Very often, victims of domestic violence will have physical scars that are visible to others, but will be hiding emotional scars and struggling with psychological issues such as low self esteem, low self confidence, lack of identity, shame, guilt, feelings of powerlessness, helplessness, anger, frustration, hurt, despondency and far more. Evidence has shown that cognitive behaviour therapy can be effective in helping people in these areas. ACAPS counsellors can help you to untangle your thoughts and your feelings, to look at your behaviours and to make connections between these areas. CBT can help you to spot areas where change may be possible, if wanted.
Consider making an assessment appointment with us if you think that this could be helpful to you and your family. Please also look at our confidentiality policy.
Whilst we would like to help you, please pay particular attention to the point, that if we believe you or someone else, to be at serious risk of harm, our duty of care may require us to break confidentiality to safeguard that person or persons. If you want to talk to us about this further, or if you have any questions, please contact us.