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Your questions answered. An information resource from BBC Radio 1.


North Wales Victim Help Centre

North Wales Victim Help Centre is here to help anyone affected by crime, not only victims, but their friends, family and any other people involved. Because we are independent, you can talk to us whether or not you reported the crime to the police. We are here just to support you.

If you want, we can support you without the involvement of the criminal justice system, and we won’t contact them about you unless we feel someone is at risk. We are here just to support you.

The crime doesn’t have to be a recent occurrence. If you were a victim of crime historically we will still be here for you. Sometimes things happen to you and you don’t know if you are a victim of crime, by speaking to us we will be able to assess the situation for you.

Victim Help Centre North Wales
St.Asaph Business Park,
St.Asaph,
Denbighshire
LL17 0HQ

Tel: 0300 30 30 159


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HIV transmission, frequently asked questions and answers on the Avert website.


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LGBT Cymru Helpline on FREE Phone 0800 840 2069 open Monday and Wednesday 7pm-9pm

LGBT Cymru helpline is a free and professional caring service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in Wales.

More information is available from their website.


Amethyst Amethyst is the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for the North Wales area.

Amethyst offers a confidential service for men, women and children who have been sexually assaulted, either recently or in the past.

We can provide you with:

Information on your options if you have been raped or sexually assaulted
Advice and support with reporting to the police
Information and support if not reporting to the police
Sexual Health advice/appointment – more information
Emergency contraception
Advice about Hepatitis and HIV infection
Referral for support and counselling

Our staff and colleagues are highly trained professionals that are here to support you.


Sex in public places

Advice for people who like to have sex outdoors or in public places. These are sometimes known as public sex environments and include woods, public toilets, parks or car parks.


Homophobia and hate crime. If you have been the victim of homophobia or other hate crime then please report it. Reporting can be anonymous if you wish but it is important that the Police are aware of the extent of such crime so that appropriate resources can be allocated to deal with it.
If you know anyone who has been a victim please encourage them to report it. You can also report a crime as a witness, remember reporting can be anonymous. You can report it online at the Victim Support website. You can also dial 101.
If it is serious dial 999!

As part of the campaign to get homophobic and hate crime reported the message is appearing on drink mats throughout North Wales. The drink mats campaign was launched at the National Eisteddfod in Bala in August 2009. The mats are bi-lingual, look for them in your local, if you don't find any ask the landlord why. If supplies are needed the landlord can contact Stonewall Cymru, see further down the page.

Drinks mat
Both sides of the Drinks Mat

The message has now been produced as a poster (bi-lingual) and is being displayed on Arriva buses throughout the area. A copy of the poster can be found in the download area.


How to report hate crime : 10 Reasons why you really should. A guide from Stonewall.

Even in the 21st century people are still being abused or attacked simply because they’re gay, black, Muslim, trans, disabled ...
Whether it’s being shouted at, threatened, beaten up, having your car vandalised or being conned out of money, being targeted simply because you’re different is wrong and needs to be stopped.

This is a pdf document.

Item added 2/4/2014.


Victim Support : Reporting hate crime.

Victim support hate crime poster

Item added 17/10/2014.


Body Positive Cheshire and North Wales. Body positive is a national organisation working for people with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS. Most men (gay and straight) know someone (or of someone) who is HIV positive.


The Terrence Higgins Trust, for information or advise on sexual issues and other matters for both men and women. Also on Facebook.

Helpline 0808 8021221


MESMAC

MESMAC North Wales is an organisation set up to offer support, information and advice, to men, women and transgenderd individuals in the gay community. We look at ways of promoting good practice and appropriate services.


Gender Trust Helpline - 07000 790347

Advice and support for transsexual and transgendered people and their friends, partners and families

Transgender Wales 24 hour support line: 07581 126350


Beaumont Society Help and information line 01582 412220

Advice and support for transvestite people


Stonewall Cymru. Stonewall has a dedicated site for Wales in both Cymraeg and English.
Also on Facebook. Please note : the North Wales office has now closed, contact can be made with their Cardiff office.

Stonewall Information Service

A freephone information service to respond to questions callers have around Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual issues. The information service can also point you in the right direction for legal advice, and give out facts and guidance on all issues affecting Lesbian and Gay life – from civil partnerships and parenting to housing and health as well as everything in between. In addition, the service can refer callers to hundreds of other specialist and regional organisations who can help too

Stonewall can't give legal advice or help you pursue your case or complaint but we aim to put you in touch with the people that can.

Stonewall Info Line: 08000 50 20 20. Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Email: info@stonewall.org.uk.


Stonewall. Equality and Justice for all Lesbians, Gay Men and Bi-sexuals. This is the main Stonewall site.
Also on Facebook.

There is also a dedicated site for Scotland on Facebook.


Male Rape and sexual assault. If you have been a victim of rape or sexual assault be assured you are not alone and help is available, Helpline, face to face counselling, support groups etc. Don't suffer in silence whatever your age.
National Helpline. 0845 122 1201 (7.00pm - 10.00pm, Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays).


Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline provide free confidential information and support. Telephone 0808 80 10 800 or email info@wdah.org.uk.View the website.
All services are bilingual, English and Cymraeg.


Samaritans. 08457 909090. (24 hours)


National Gay Switchboard. 0207 837 7324 (24 hours)


National AIDS Helpline. 0800 567 123 (24 hours)


Drinkline - 0800 9178282

For immediate advice and information on where to get help and advice.

DAN 24/7, All Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline - 0808 8082234

Advisors are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year to answer questions and offer advice.


Sexual Health Helpline - 0800 567123

Advice and information for anyone concerned about STI's and where to locate local Sexual Health Services


For information regarding STI's (Sexually Transmitted Infections) see the NHS Wales encyclopaedia and click on the appropriate letter for the infection you wish to research.

Here is a list of some of the more common infections that are passed on by sexual contact:-
Chlamydia, Genital Herpes, Gonorrhoea, Hepatitis (A, B & C), HIV, Non-Specific Urethritis (NSU), Syphilis, Mycoplasma genitalium (MG). This list is by no means exhaustive.
You should also be aware that many people with an infection have NO symptoms, it is therefore important to have regular health checks and always use a condom.

You can get a health check at any Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinic.

To find the clinic nearest to you (anywhere in Wales) use the NHS Wales search facility


This page was last updated 20th August 2017


The purpose of this website is to provide information to the LGBT community in Gwynedd and across North Wales.
If you have any information that you think will be of interest please contact clive@gaygwynedd.co.uk