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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can include any controlling, threatening or coercive behaviour between those who are, or who have been, intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.

The abuse can be:

  • verbal
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

This definition also includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

Report domestic abuse

Whether you are a victim, witness or reporting on behalf of someone else, you can contact the Police at any time.

If you or someone else is in immediate danger always dial 999.

For non-emergencies call the Police on 101 or report it online.

Local support and advice

If you are a survivor of domestic abuse, a current victim or a professional working in this area, there are services throughout Bedfordshire to help you.

Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership brings together several agencies which help to provide and improve services relating to domestic abuse abuse across Bedfordshire. It's a shared service between Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council.

Luton All Women’s Centre is a service run by women offering advice and support to women from the diverse communities and backgrounds in Luton and surrounding areas.

National support groups

National Domestic Abuse Helpline (24 hours)

Information, support and practical help to women experiencing domestic abuse.

0808 2000 247

Men’s Advice Line

Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for any man experiencing domestic abuse.

0808 801 0327

Broken Rainbow

Broken Rainbow is a service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are experiencing domestic abuse.

0300 999 5428

Victims' Information Service

Victims' Information Service offers help in your local area. 

0800 0282 887

Victim Support

Victim Support offers emotional support and assists victims to move on from abusive relationships.

0808 168 9111