National Domestic Abuse Helpline Tel: 0808 2000
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
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
contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- someone you know
- a relative
- a stranger
- a partner - someone you are in a
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
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
The document will be available for download online
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
The Consultation will run from 6 January 2017 to 16
February 2017. The online survey must be completed by the 16