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NEW USER-FRIENDLY DOMESTIC ABUSE WEBSITE – where you can get help…

 

Have you seen the new look Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership’s website? The more user-friendly website launched on International Women’s Day (today) on Wednesday 8th March.

 

The new site is far more interactive, for both the public and professionals who will access it.  It is quicker to find support services and information and importantly, it still hosts a ‘hide my visit’ button to ensure confidentiality.

 

In the last six months, Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire’s joint website has seen a 1296% increase in visits – with 3,211 visitors between 1/9/16 – 28/2/17, the same time the year before it was 230.  Also, of those 3,211 visitors, 75% were new visitors to the site. The most visited page is “where to get help”.

 

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services, said: “With an increase in people seeking help, we want to build on this success and have even more local people visit the website. The information it provides can help give the confidence to take the first steps in gaining control of the situation so that individuals can free themselves from any pain and suffering. Anyone can experience domestic abuse. If you’re worried about your own relationship or frightened of someone close to you, there is free, confidential help available.

 

Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “Victims and potential victims seeking help want to be able to do so quickly and discreetly, so I am sure that the new-look website will prove invaluable. Taking that first step to escape the cycle of violence can be extremely daunting, but if people are able to do so easily and confidentially then that can only be a good thing.”

 

If you would like to view Bedfordshire Domestic and Sexual Abuse Partnership’s new-look website, visit http://www.bedsdv.org.uk/

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