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NEW LOOK DOMESTIC ABUSE SUPPORT WEBSITE

 

From 1st September, anyone seeking advice about domestic and sexual abuse can access a user-friendly website aimed at aiding victims, survivors and professionals.

 

The Bedfordshire Domestic & Sexual Abuse Partnership is rolling out its new look website which is easier to navigate and much clearer and simpler than before. It can also be accessed from mobile phones and tablets.

 

The changes have been made alongside a rise in the number of domestic and sexual abuse incidences logged thanks to victims having increased confidence in coming forward and reporting what they have been going through.

 

To aid this, the new look website has a ‘hide my visit’ button which is extremely important to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. The website provides information, practical support and advice.

 

The Bedfordshire Domestic & Sexual Abuse Partnership brings together the main statutory and voluntary agencies which help to provide and improve services in relation to domestic abuse and sexual abuse across Bedfordshire, and is a shared provision between Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council.

 

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services at Bedford Borough Council, said: “It is crucial that people can access clear guidance on what to do to help them in a situation of domestic or sexual abuse. Visitors to the website can quickly access information when it suits them and when they are able. It can act as a first point of call as, for whatever reason, individuals may find it hard to talk to their family and friends about what they are feeling and going through. This domain will allow them to consider their options and reach out for help.”

 

Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council said: “It was really important that the revamped website was able to help victims, survivors and professionals. We are really pleased with the final outcome and look forward to it serving the community of Bedfordshire for years to come.”

 

One of the new features of the website is that a monthly blog will look at hot topics for domestic and sexual abuse; the first issue will focus on recognising male victims and the barriers which stop males disclosing domestic abuse.

 

On 1st September, check out the new look website via http://www.bedsdv.org.uk/

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