Hafan Cymru is a charitable housing association that provides housing and support to men, women, their children and young people across Wales. We primarily work with those escaping domestic abuse, helping them regain their independence.
How we Help
Hafan Cymru offers a wide range of services to meet the needs of those we support. To find out more about each of our services please click on a section below.
If you would like to find out about who we support please click here.
Projects and Programmes
The Freedom Programme is a 12 week course, which aims to help vulnerable women who have been affected by Domestic Abuse to recognise the signs of abuse and avoid abusive relationships in the future. It helps vulnerable women to develop ways of thinking and behaving to protect themselves, their children and others from harm. The programme was developed by Pat Craven in 1999 and has become a nationally recognised resource.
To find out if the Freedom Programme is delivered in your area please go to Our Offices page.
To find out more about the programme please go to: http://www.freedomprogramme.co.uk/
The Family Links Nurturing Programme is a 12 week course, which helps parents to understand their children´s behaviours and recognise it as a means of communication. The course builds on self-awareness and self-esteem, appropriate expectations, positive discipline and empathy. The programme was developed by Child Psychologist Dr. Stephen Bavolek and is a Welsh Government accredited course.
To find out if the Parenting/Nurturing Programme is delivered in your area please go to Our Offices page.
To find out more about the programme go to: https://www.familylinks.org.uk/The-Nurturing-Programme
To help our service users to become more independent we provide life skills sessions that covers a wide range of needs including:
• Personal safety
• Form filling
• Using public transport.
To find out what life skills are delivered in your area please go to Our Offices page.
Hafan Cymru hosts several Local Authority Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs), providing advice, information and support to survivors of intimate partner violence living in the community. In partnership with the Dyfed-Powys Police Crime Commissioners Office and the National Probation Office.
To find out if there are IDVAs in your area please go to Our Offices page.
Men's Sheds Cymru
In 2014 Hafan Cymru received funding from the BIG Lottery to develop a Men's Sheds Association for Wales. The Association's purpose is to represent and support Men's Sheds in communities across Wales. To find out more about Mens Sheds Cymru, please see their website here
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Amber Rose’s Story
He was a pretty person, it was a physical attraction. I was 15 – He was controlling and I knew it but I didn’t see how serious it was at the time.
You just take it how it is because you think you’re in love with that person. At first it was just emotional abuse; the physical abuse started when I was 18 and was 5 months pregnant.
My health visitor noticed things and referred me to a domestic abuse outreach worker who, week by week, helped me see that I was being abused. The abuse increased, he raped me – I got pregnant – I didn’t know I was. Then he assaulted me, my eldest son saved my life by calling the ambulance. I was in hospital for 2 weeks, it was then I realised I needed to go.
I left soon after that for 3 days with the intention to return for my children. On the day I was supposed to come back I had a phone call to say ‘You might as well jump off a bridge because I’m coming to get you’. The police then put me into refuge. I was in a refuge with Hafan Cymru for 26 weeks. Today I have an appointment at the Job Centre, I now do volunteering and have done the Freedom programme [a course that identifies the signs of domestic abuse*. The staff at Hafan Cymru gave me the empowerment that I never thought I’d have.
Transcribed from the words of a service user
*The Freedom Programme developed by Pat Craven in 1999 has become nationally recognised as a powerful resource to help women affected by domestic abuse to gain control of their lives.
Hafan Cymru has a number of subsidiary organisations that work together to meet the needs of vulnerable men, women, children and young people across Wales. The list below are the current subsidiaries of Hafan Cymru and links to their individual websites.
Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Services (CDAS)
Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Services (formerly known as Carmarthen Women's Aid) and Hafan Cymru announced they will be working closer together in April 2013. The partnership is one to ensure the best possible service to women, men and children experiencing domestic abuse. For more information about CDAS, please visit their website by clicking here.