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. Therefore, we are committed and passionate about saving lives.
Since its inception in 1989, Hafan Cymru, has grown from strength to strength, and currently has over 150 staff delivering a range of services across 16 of the 22 Local Authorities in Wales.
We offer a complete package of support provision to help people with a wide range of needs, often complex or multiple needs – including those who have experienced physical, sexual or psychological abuse; those recovering their mental health; ex-offenders; substance misusers; care leavers.
1989 Cymdeithas Tai Hafan (now known as Hafan Cymru) was founded after a piece of research entitled ´Homes Fit For Heroines´, which was undertaken by founder and now retired Cathy Davies. From this research, Cathy recognised that there was a need to establish a Housing Association to provide homes and ongoing support for women and their children leaving refuge.
Cymdeithas Tai Hafan registered as a charitable Housing Association and successfully acquired a loan to build two housing schemes in Carmarthenshire and Neath.
1990s After recognising that many women had multiple needs as a result of being in an abusive relationship, we widened our remit to include the needs of all women who are vulnerable.
2007 We changed our constitution to also support men experiencing Domestic Abuse, young men and male single parents.
2009 The organisation was renamed Hafan Cymru. Our strapline ‘Preventing Abuse. Promoting Independence’ reflects our passion to save lives and overturn the devastating effects of Domestic Abuse.