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Support Services
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Breaking the Cycle of Violence and Abuse

We recognize that people often feel more comfortable receiving support within their local community. We aim to provide a range of services to assist you to reach your goals.

Cynon Centre

Main office address; Cynon Safety Centre, Compton House, Victoria square, Aberdare, CF44 7NT

Rhondda Centre

Safer Rhondda Centre; 115 Dunraven Street, Tonypandy, CF40 1AS

Pontypridd Centre

Pontypridd Lifeskills and drop in centre; 1 Gelliwastad road, Pontypridd, CF37 2BP

Listening to You

Housing related support

Floating support

Floating Support is a community based service which is available to people who have, or are experiencing abuse or violence. Experienced support staff offer specialist domestic abuse.

Who we support

Support is provided to anyone who lives in RCT, who have a tenancy and have a housing related support need. In addition to addressing the housing related need we aim to develop skills and confidence through emotional or practical support to live as independently as possible. These skills may need to be developed as a result of:

• Living in refuge.
• Being unable to remain in or return to existing accommodation due to poor conditions, domestic abuse, harassment, mental, physical and/or sexual abuse
• Ending an abusive relationship

What next? 

Referrals for floating support come to us via RCT’s supporting people’s single point of access scheme
If you would like to speak to a member of our team about your options, contact us on 01443 400791

 

How we can help you

Our support can help you in a number of ways. Support is always based on an individuals needs and goals. The frequency of support is decided between you and your support worker.

Examples of how we can help you include; 

  • Supporting you to understanding risk and safety planning
  • Improving safety at your home and within the community ensuring the property is secure, (alarms or fittings), personal safety in the community or finding a new home.
  • Helping you make the most of your money through budgeting and maximizing income
  • Increasing your understanding of the nature, effects and impact of domestic abuse.
  • Supporting you to access educational programmes or life skills provided by RCT-DAS.
  • Providing opportunities for you to engage with support around education, health and wellbeing.
  • Signposting to other agencies where necessary
  • Support with issues relating to your child’s health and wellbeing (including involvement with other agencies)

Support Services

Courses Near You…

Our courses

All of our courses at the centre are designed to support you to move forward, with confidence in your life. All of our courses are run by our team of experienced domestic abuse specialist who understand the dynamics of ‘Power and Control’ which underpins all unhealthy and abusive relationships. 

Our timetable of courses is influenced by those who access our services, supporting us to meet everyone’s needs.

Telephone support

We understand that sometimes speaking to someone over the phone is easier than in person. Maybe you can not leave the house or you are limited on time. To help we offer a telephone support service so that you can speak to someone when the time is right for you.

Drop In Sessions

Some people believe that a problem shared is a problem halved. Why not test the theory by coming in to speak to one of our support workers. This type of support is an ideal introduction into our services, especially if you are unsure which service will best meet your needs.

 

About support

Support is provided on an appointment basis to ensure we have enough time to dedicate to you and your needs. However we can support those who may need to ‘drop in’ urgently.

The drop in sessions are generally one off sessions so that we can get to know you and understand your needs before recommending further support.

To make an appointment

Making an appointment is easy, all you need to do is contact us. If you need an urgent appointment you can call in to our main office. 

Support At Your Local Doctors Surgery

IRIS PROJECT

Domestic abuse can have a considerable impact on a persons health and well-being. The effects can result in long-term chronic health problems such as high blood pressure, insomnia and eating disorders to name a few. Linking in with all GP surgeries across Cwm Taf we can offer a service to support you.

45% of survivors of domestic abuse reported mental or emotional problems as a result of the abuse.

Crime Survey of England and Wales 2012/13

How does it work

All doctors surgeries across Cwm Taf have received specialist training from us to enable them to support you better in terms of domestic abuse. Working closely with each surgery is a specialist worker who can meet with you at the surgery or at a time and place that is convenient with you to discuss your needs.

Who can get support

The project supports anyone affected by domestic abuse. The abuse can be currently happening or it may have happened some time ago.

How to get support

You can get support at your doctors surgery in two ways by

  1. Speaking to your GP and telling them what is happening to you. They will be able to offer you support and make a referral to our specialist worker who will then contact you.
  2. Contact us and ask to speak to Jackie Suter our IRIS worker

What happens next

Once we have received your referral information our IRIS worker will contact you in the safest way possible for you. We can arrange for an appointment to be made so that we can meet you and discuss your needs.

Support for men

Men who experience domestic abuse often experience barriers when seeking support and gaining access to specialist support services.

Barriers

Include but are not limited to

  • Shame
  • low confidence
  • fear of not being believed
  • Fear of being accused as the perpetrator
  • Feeling less of a man
  • Fear of loosing contact with their children
  • Lack of local services for male victims

For these reasons and many more often men do not seek support until crisis point.

Seek help today

Safer Centre

Our Centre’s work with all victims regardless of gender. Our fully trained teamwork with individuals to identify their needs, reduce risk and increase safety.

The centre provides

  • Telephone support
  • Face to face appointments
  • A range of life skills and practical sessions to increase skills and knowledge whilst reducing isolation.

Get in touch with the team today on 01443 561460

Floating support in the community

Many victims of abuse have a fear of not being believed in addition many are fearful they will be accused of being the perpetrator. At women’s aid, we have a dedicated support worker who works with male victims and fully understand these fears and the different needs that male victims often have.

Our floating support scheme will support you on a one to one basis for up to 8 weeks and can assist you