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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.

If you are a DA professional, working in Luton we also have a growing section for you with information on services, agencies and procedures to ensure you can give the best possible support to your 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 free-phone 24 hour number - call 0808 2000 247 for help or if you need urgent access to refuge services.

• You are not alone. Get the help you need by using the links on this web-site.

It doesn’t just happen to other people, anyone can experience domestic abuse. Would you recognise whether you or someone you know is affected by it?

  • One in four women and one in seven men will suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime.  (Office of National Statistics ONS 2015)

  • 130,000 children live in homes where they are at high risk of murder or serious injury.   (SafeLives 2014)

  • Two women per week are killed by a partner or ex-partner. (ONS 2015)

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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  • Women’s Aid analysis of 19 Child Homicides.

    Women's Aid has published new analysis of case reviews in England and Wales where children were killed by perpetrators of domestic abuse.

    The report looks at the cases of twelve families where nineteen children and two women were killed, two children were seriously harmed through attempted murder and seven men dead by suicide after committing child homicide.

    In each case the children were killed by their father who was also a perpetrator of domestic abuse.

    The key conclusions include the importance of putting children first in the family courts and that there is an urgent need for independent, national oversight into the implementation of practice directions for child contact arrangements.

    Link to the report here

    Source: Women's Aid 20 January 2016, (NSPCC CASPAR)

  • Man sentenced to life after domestic related attempted murder in Luton

    Beds Alert on behalf of Bedfordshire Police, report that a man has been sentenced to life in prison after he attacked his ex-wife and her partner with a knife outside a child contact centre in Luton last summer.

    Fatmir Mula, 44, of Lowe Avenue, Newsham, was sentenced to two life sentences at Luton Crown Court today (Thursday, 14 January), after he was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder.

    He had violently attacked the pair at a contact centre in Luton at around 4.40pm on 12 July 2015. He turned on his ex-wife with a knife who was then shielded by her partner. This ultimately saved her life, but this courageous act led to the partner sustaining life threatening injuries when Mula stabbed him several times in the chest. Mula then fled the scene and was arrested the following day. He denied the charges, and a further charge of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, but was convicted following a trial.

     

  • FGM Court Orders: 18 Protection Orders issued since launch in Summer 2015.

    An article in the Guardian Society pages explains that the new FGM measures include confiscating passports or travel documents of girls who authorities suspect are being taken abroad to be cut. Originally intended to begin in October 2015, they were brought forward to ensure protection over the summer holidays, when girls are most at risk because they travel with their families abroad.

    From July to September 2015 there were 1,385 newly recorded cases of FGM in England, latest figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show, 50% of which were in London. Among the cases, there were 17 girls under the age of 18.

    Read the full article here

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