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Domestic Abuse

National Domestic Abuse Helpline Tel: 0808 2000 247

The Bedfordshire Domestic and Sexual Abuse Partnership works across Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. The Partnership work to safeguard victims and their families who have been affected by domestic abuse. They work to minimise risk and harm, in addition to supporting partner agencies and services who respond to domestic abuse.

What is domestic abuse?

In Bedford Borough we use the official Home Office definition of domestic abuse:

An incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse, between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass and is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • Psychological 
  • Physical
  • Sexual 
  • Financial 
  • Emotional

Support for Domestic Abuse

Bedford Borough is committed to support anybody who has been affected by domestic abuse, in addition to working with professionals who want to improve their knowledge and or understanding of domestic abuse. For more information on where to go for help, local support services and or training please visit http://www.bedsdv.org.uk/ or contact us on bdap@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, you should call the Police on 999.
National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247, staffed 24/7 with translations services available.

For information on accomodation in bedford for anyone affected by domestic abuse, please click on this link to access the accomodation fact sheet Domestic Abuse Accommodation Fact Sheet.

For Domestic Abuse related areas associated with Bedford Borough only, please click on the framed links at the end of this introduction:

What is sexual abuse?

Sexual violence and abuse is any behavior perceived to be of a sexual nature, which is unwanted and takes place without consent.

Anyone can be a victim of rape or sexual violence, no matter what age he or she is.

Rapes and sexual assaults can be committed by:

  • someone you know
  • a relative
  • a stranger
  • a partner - someone you are in a relationship with.

If you need emotional support concerning sexual violence, please contact Rape Crisis http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/  Freephone 0808 802 999 (1200-14:30 and 19:00-21:30 every day  and 15:00-17:30pm weekends)


Bedford Borough Council Domestic Abuse Strategy

Bedford Borough Council wishes to develop a Domestic Abuse Strategy to create a society in Bedford Borough where domestic abuse is not tolerated, and to reduce the level and impact of incidents in the Council area.  
To do this, we want to create a framework with shared definitions, understanding and action points. It will allow agencies to co-ordinate and collaborate to ensure that women and children and all those affected by domestic abuse will receive better protection and support and challenge and prevent incidents.  
This has been agreed for public consultation. 
The Bedford Borough Council Domestic Abuse Strategy covers the period 2017 - 2020. The Strategy is an important element of the Council’s overarching objectives contained within other relevant strategies, such as community safety and safeguarding to ensure a focussed and coordinated approach to tackling domestic abuse in Bedford Borough    
The document will be available for download online at www.bedford.gov.uk/da and to complete the online survey www.forms.bedford.gov.uk/da 
Comments received through the consultation process will be fed into the Domestic Abuse Strategy before it is considered at a future meeting of the Executive. Summarised information from responses may be published, but no individual details will be disclosed under these circumstances. 
The Consultation will run from 6 January 2017 to 16 February 2017. The online survey must be completed by the 16 February 2017.