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 http://www.bedsdv.org.uk/ or
contact us on email@example.com
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.
If you are living with domestic
violence, remember the abuser is completely responsible for the
violence - you, your brothers and sisters, and the parent being
abused are not to blame.
Please remember that if you are abused as a child this
definitely doesn't mean that you are going to end up in a violent
or abusive relationship yourself. Some research seems to show
Seeing what their parent went through means some people know what
the effects are first-hand and never want to put anyone else
through this.Others have found that through seeing the bad side of
relationships they have learnt what to look out for. If you have
any worries about this, you may want to talk to a friend, relative
You could talk to someone at Childline - their freephone number
is 0800 1111. In an emergency ring 999 and ask for the police.
Websites with more information are:
Childline information about domestic violence
Hideout is the first national website to support children
and young people living with domestic violence, or to those who may
want to help a friend.