This website has been created to help those living with domestic abuse to recognise the symptoms, and to find support services in the Luton area to help them change their situations; whether that is leaving or staying.  We also have a growing section for professionals with information on services, agencies and procedures to ensure they can give the best possible support to their clients.

 If you are affected by domestic abuse and you need help quickly:

  • If you or your family are in immediate danger, ring 999 and ask for help.

  • The National Domestic Violence Helpline is an emergency freephone 24 hour number - call 0808 2000 247 for help and if you need urgent access to refuge services.

  • Don't accept Domestic Abuse! You are not alone, get the help you need by using the links on this web-site.

Domestic abuse is a common (but unfortunately hidden) issue, where people of either gender – adults, teenagers and children suffer or are forced through physical, emotional, financial or other manipulation to change their behaviour by those who should be most supportive of them; girlfriend or boyfriend, husbands, wives or civil partners, partners, ex partners, or family members - for example parents, siblings or relatives in law. 

If you are from outside the Luton area you may like to link to the Bedfordshire Domestic & Sexual Abuse Partnership website here for further advice or information about services in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire areas.

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  • Thames Valley Police using the ‘tea analogy’ for sexual consent

    Wanting a cup of tea or not wanting a cup of tea has been used as an analogy for sexual consent in a YouTube video released as part of a Thames Valley police awareness campaign. The 'tea analogy' was first written about by blogger rockstardinosaurpirateprincess and the video was created by Blue Seat Studios. It helpfully shows how ridiculous it would be to force a cup of tea down the throat of someone who was unconscious, just as it would be ridiculous to force sexual intercourse on someone who had become unconscious "unconscious people don't want tea, trust me!". Thames Valley are running the 'consent is everything' campaign which aims to educate people about the need to get consent rather than just assume that it has been given.

    Other lines in the tea as consent video include: "If they say 'no thank you', then don't make them tea at all. Just don't make them tea. Don't make them drink tea, don't get annoyed at them for not wanting tea. They just don't want tea, OK?"

    Link to the BBC News page here

  • Shahena Uddin’s family members charged with murder of the teenager at St Albans Crown Court

    Shahena Uddin was just 19 years old when her body was found by Ambulance staff on the 11th October 2014 in Watford. Seven members of her family are facing various charges connected with causing or allowing her death (including two charges of murder) and of conspiracy to pervert the cause of justice. All charges have been denied by her family and the trial at St Albans Crown Court continues. Her severely beaten body was found in a bathroom at her home address and the prosecutor Stuart Trimmer QC has told the court that Shahena lived under the constant threat of violence from her older siblings. He said: “The regime of brutality and extreme punishment was so deeply embedded and feared that she could not risk the results of any form of complaint to the outside world.”

    The court were told that a pathologists report showed that Shahena had choked on her own vomit. There was evidence of a severe and prolonged beating both with fists and with a weapon and that blood and vomit stains had been concealed and her stained clothing had been placed in rubbish bins outside the family home. Mr Trimmer told the court that Shahena's was a troubled family unit "held together by internal discipline of an extreme variety...In this household punishments of various types were commonplace. Beatings were commonplace.” Mr Trimmer said Shahena was punished for eating at the wrong speed or not eating all her food and that punishments included physical beatings, humiliation and being denied water.

    Follow this link to BBC News story and the Watford Observer

  • College of Policing: guidance on spotting signs of DA & advice on prosecutions.

    The College of Policing have issued new guidance to Police in England and Wales that includes details about how to spot the signs of domestic abuse and advice on how to prosecute without relying on a victim.

    The guidance, which has been backed by domestic abuse & women's charities including Women's Aid and Safe Lives, emphasises the importance of evidence-led rather than victim led prosecutions and the guidance focuses on the dynamics of abusive relationships and coercive control, a new offence expected to come into force later this year.

    David Tucker who is the College's lead for crime and criminal justice, said: “To tackle a domestic abuse case successfully, police need to see the big picture behind an individual incident. This depends on officers being properly trained and having access to information about both the victim and the perpetrator; effective and accurate risk management, partnership working and information sharing. The failure of any of these links can be the difference between life and death for a victim".

    Source: NSPCC Information Service's CASPAR

    Link to a full index of the guidance here

    Or read more at BBC News

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