Time to TALK about domestic abuse and sexual violence

September 16, 2016

TALK is a university based domestic abuse and sexual violence training and referral programme, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales.


TALK to us…

Tell If you are experiencing, or have been the victim of, domestic abuse or sexual violence please tell us.
Advise University staff have received specialist training to help identify, advise and refer victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence.
Listen We will listen to you. An independent, specialist advocate is available to support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Keep safe We are committed to working with you to keep you safe.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is any incident of violence, abuse and/or pattern of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour within an intimate, ex-intimate or family relationship.

Domestic abuse is the repeated, random and habitual use of intimidation to control a partner. The abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual.

What is sexual violence?

Sexual Violence can be defined as any behaviour of a perceived sexual nature which is unwanted and takes place without consent.

Sexual Violence includes any sexual act, or attempt to obtain a sexual act by violence of coercion, such as rape, unwanted sexual comments or advances, acts to sexually exploit a person or acts directed against a person’s sexuality, regardless of the relationship to the victim.

Talk to Student Services or contact Julie Grady, Independent Specialist:

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Yn y Gymraeg

TALK - Mynd i’r afael â cham-drin domestig a thrais rhywiol

September 16, 2016

Rhaglen hyfforddi ac atgyfeirio ar gyfer cam-drin domestig a thrais rhywiol yw Siarad, sy’n cael ei chynnal mewn prifysgolion a’i hariannu gan Gomisiynydd Heddlu a Throseddu De Cymru.


SIARAD â ni…

Dweud Os ydych yn dioddef o gam-drin domestig neu drais rhywiol, neu os yw hynny wedi digwydd i chi yn y gorffennol, dywedwch wrthym ni.
Cynghori Mae staff prifysgolion wedi cael hyfforddiant arbenigol i’w helpu i nodi dioddefwyr o gamdrin rhywiol a thrais rhywiol.
Gwrando Byddwn yn gwrando arnoch chi. Bydd hyrwyddwr unigol arbenigol ar gael i helpu dioddefwyr cam-drin domestig a thrais rhywiol, rhoi cyngor iddynt a’u hatgyfeirio.
Cadw’n Ddiogel Rydym wedi ymrwymo i weithio i’ch cadw’n ddiogel.

Beth yw cam-drin domestig?

Cam-drin domestig yw unrhyw achos o drais, cam-drin a/neu batrwm o ymddygiad sy’n rheoli, yn gorfodi neu’n bygwth partner, cyn-bartner neu aelod o’r teulu.

Cam-drin domestig yw brawychu partner yn gyson, dro ar ôl tro neu ar hap er mwyn ei reoli. Gall y cam-drin fod yn gorfforol, emosiynol, seicolegol, ariannol neu rywiol.

Beth yw trais rhywiol?

Gellir diffinio trais rhywiol fel unrhyw ymddygiad o natur rywiol ganfyddedig sy’n ddigroeso ac yn digwydd heb ganiatâd.

Mae trais rhywiol yn cynnwys unrhyw weithred rywiol, neu ymgais i gyflawni gweithred rywiol drwy drais gorfodol, fel treisio, sylwadau neu gynigion rhywiol digroeso, gweithredoedd i ecsbloetio person yn rhywiol neu weithredoedd yn erbyn rhywioldeb person, beth bynnag yw’r berthynas â'r dioddefwr.

Siaradwch â'r Gwasanaethau i Fyfyrwyr neu cysylltwch â Julie Grady, Arbenigwr Annibynnol:

TALK project

The Police are working in partnership with universities in South Wales to support students who are experiencing, or have been a victim of, domestic abuse or sexual violence.

Local domestic abuse charity, Atal y Fro, will deliver the TALK project, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

TALK stands for Tell, Advise, Listen and Keep Safe and aims to tackle domestic abuse and sexual violence amongst students by

  • improving early identification and intervention
  • increasing reporting by increasing victim confidence and
  • encouraging prevention.

Atal y Fro’s independent adviser will be a dedicated point of referral for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, and deliver training to university and Students’ Union staff.

Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, Alun Michael, said

“Our student population in South Wales is a unique community. Most are young, many are living away from home for the first time, and often they are vulnerable because they do not have their normal support system of parents and friends around them.
“This is why it is so important that students and university staff have access to a specialist, independent adviser who will deliver targeted training and be a dedicated point of referral.”

The Independent Adviser will also work with staff and student groups to develop their understanding of domestic abuse and sexual violence, and the importance of challenging and reporting inappropriate behaviour.

Director of Atal y Fro, Kay Quinn says

“We are delighted to be taking this project forward, to be in a position to help university staff and students understand the complexities of domestic abuse and sexual violence, and to support victims.
“We will deliver an on-going training programme designed to empower staff to recognise the signs of abuse, and to take the appropriate steps to refer the victim to our advocate who will listen to and work with them to keep them safe.”

IRIS programme

The TALK project was developed following the success of IRIS programme with GP Practices (IRIS stand for “Identification and Referral to Improve Safety”), in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan in November 2014 and in Cwm Taf (Merthyr and Rhondda Cynon Taf) in November 2015.

As of the end of July 2016, 24 surgeries in Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan are fully trained, involving 345 staff, and 165 referrals have been made to specialist services. In Cwm Taf 16 surgeries are fully trained, involving 334 staff, generating 100 referrals, 37 of which were first time disclosures.

A domestic abuse survivor said

“I was in a relationship with another student while I was at university, and I was a victim of domestic abuse.
“I was clearly unhappy, and yet a number of professionals did not recognise that I was experiencing this abuse nor question my change in behaviour. Had my doctor or any one of my tutors or university staff spotted the signs and asked the right questions, I believe it would have helped bring an end to the difficult situation I was in far sooner.”

Assistant Chief Constable Jonathan Drake said

“We have an excellent working relationship with each of the universities in South Wales, with dedicated policing teams working with our student population and university staff.
“This project is an extension of this proactive work and ensures that we are doing all we can to identify, intervene and protect people.”

Commissioner Alun Michael stressed the need for more to be done to build on the work that has already been undertaken:

“We want all students studying and living in South Wales to feel confident that if they are a victim of domestic abuse or sexual violence the police and their partners will be ready to take prompt, positive action to help. That’s why South Wales Police are working with a wide range of statutory and third sector partner agencies to protect vulnerable people.”

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