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
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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.
How does Domestic Abuse affect
- Domestic abuse may teach children to use
- Abuse can affect children in serious and
- Where there is domestic abuse there is
often child abuse
- Children will often blame themselves for
- Alcohol misuse is a very common
contributing factor when abuse occurs in families
- Pregnant women are more vulnerable to
Children, who witness, intervene or hear incidents are affected
in many ways. What can be guaranteed is that children do hear, they
do see and they are aware of abuse in the family.
Children will learn how to behave from examples parents set for
them. Domestic abuse teaches children negative things about
relationships and how to deal with people. For instance:
- It can teach them that violence is an
acceptable way to resolve conflict
- They learn how to keep
- They learn to mistrust those close to them
and that children are responsible and to blame for abuse,
especially if violence erupts after an argument about the
Anyone seeking advice about domestic and
sexual abuse can now access a user-friendly website aimed at aiding
victims, survivors and professionals.
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.
To visit their website click on this
Further information can be found on the Bedfordshire
Domestic & Sexual Abuse Partnership website: http://www.bedsdv.org.uk/
What is sexual abuse?
Sexual violence and abuse is any behaviour
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
· a relative
· a stranger
· a partner -
someone you are in a relationship with.
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)