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:
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 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 offers emotional support and assists victims to move on from abusive relationships.
0808 168 9111