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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  • 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

  • SAFELIVES - Getting it right first time

    SafeLives, a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse have developed an advice sheet for professionals who don't usually work with domestic abuse. The advice is aimed at helping them ask the right questions so that they can signpost to appropriate services or support for the victim.  The checklist can be printed off or accessed online here

  • This is not an excuse….

    Avon & Somerset Police have designed a really useful domestic abuse website . There is a simple interactive quiz which asks the question 'How healthy is your relationship?' and advice and guidance for anyone effected by domestic abuse.

    In collaboration with Bristol City Council & Avon and Somerset's PCC a leaflet has been produced by Dr Alison Gregory from the University of Bristol. The leaflet called 'It might be nothing, but it could mean everything:' provides guidance and advice for people who think they know someone who may be in an abusive relationship. You can download the leaflet from thisisnotanexcuse.org pages.

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