This website has been created to help those living with domestic abuse to recognise the symptoms, and to find support services 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. 

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  • Beds Police is improving it’s response to domestic abuse.

    According to Hearts 96-107 an independent police watchdog has been looking at the way Bedfordshire Police looks after victims of Domestic Abuse after it's previous report said it was amongst the worst in the UK. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) visited the force in October following concerns raised from a previous visit. Inspectors found 'Bedfordshire Police is focusing on improving its response to victims of domestic abuse and is rightly treating this as a high priority'. Read more here

  • Domestic Abuse Emoji’s?

    A swedish children's charity have designed and launched a set of domestic abuse emoji that show the faces of children with bruises, black eyes and self harming together with emoji that show adults using alcohol etc. It is hoped that this new set of emoji that are available for smart phone users to download from the app store will help children and young people to talk about domestic and other forms of abuse. Link to the article in the Independent to read more

  • The Sun: Give Me Shelter Campaign

    The Sun newspaper has called on the Government this week to reverse the closure of refuges for women at risk of domestic abuse in the UK. Over the last 5 years 32 refuges for victims of domestic abuse have been closed in large part due to lack of funding. Figures from the Office of National Statistics published earlier this year reveal that it is still the case that 2 women per week are killed by a partner or ex-partner every week. The Sun newspaper showed the faces of 48 women who have died as a result of domestic violence in the last year including: Kirtsy Wright who was pregnant when boyfriend Akeel Hussain stabbed her to death and Raheela Imran who was killed by her husband in October 2014.

    Link to the Sun pages here

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