Please visit the Bedfordshire Domestic Violence and Sexual
Abuse Partnership for information on partnership working in
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 accommodation in Bedford
for anyone affected by domestic abuse, please click on this link to
access the accommodation 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
· 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)
What is a domestic abuse MARAC?
Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough MARAC
(Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference)
MARAC are pleased to provide you with updated
documentation to assist with your agencies participation in MARAC.
referral form provides all the details needed to enter a
referral onto Modus along with guidance on the information
necessary to complete the 'Referral Form' into the MARAC. This is
the section that tells the MARAC why a case is being referred
outlines the risks/concerns/actions needed.
The ACPO Risk Indicator Checklist
(RIC) is for your records and is used by all MARAC
professionals to assess the level of risk and assist you in
deciding on the referral pathways you need to take. The
MARAC referral criteria
document clearly outlines the criteria for making a MARAC referral
and when to make a re-referral into the MARAC for a case to be
reviewed. It is hoped that these documents will provide clarity to
all about when a referral should be made to MARAC, whether it is an
initial referral or a repeat case.
Please share these documents with your
colleagues. Click on here for further
information on the Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire MARAC
Information Sharing Protocol. If anyone has any queries about how,
when or why to refer into MARAC please contact MARACenquiries@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.
If you identify a case that you consider
is high risk, you should first discuss this with your manager /
MARAC lead & s/he will assist you in completion of the referral
General advice and information
For further information and advice regarding
domestic abuse the Bedfordshire Domestic Violence Partnership
website contains a wealth of information and advice –
alternatively please contact the partnership on
Adolescent to Parent Violence (APVA)
Although there is no current legal definition, Adolescent to
Parent Violence (APVA) is on the rise and is therefore becoming
recognised as a form of domestic violence and abuse.
In fact 2015 saw 2,549 young people aged from 14 to 17
prosecuted due to domestic offences against family members.
Abuse can take different forms, including physical violence,
damage to property and financial exploitation. Emotional abuse,
such as humiliating language and making threats, as well as
heightened sexualised behaviours are also forms of abuse.
The prevalence of APVA is difficult to gauge as the incidents
that are reported are likely to only be a small percentage of the
total instances. All forms of domestic violence and abuse are
under-reported and this particularly translates to APVA, as parents
feel particularly reluctant to report violence against their own
Over a one year period a study found that 87.3% of adolescents
reported to the police for APVA were male and 77.5% of parent
victims were female. It added that 66.7% of these incidents
involved a mother-son relationships whereas son-father
relationships accounted for 20.6% of cases. Daughter-mother
relationships meanwhile accounted for 10.8% of reported incidents
whilst daughter-father confrontations were just 1.9%.
There is no simple explanation as to why APVA occurs, but it is
believed that substance abuse, mental health problems and learning
difficulties are some of the factors that contribute to its
occurrence. APVA can be particularly confusing for parents who have
multiple children but only one that acts violently.
Our ‘Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse’ course has been
amended to include a section on APVA.
Click here to find out more
SafeLives third 'spotlight'
The third 'spotlight' on young people’s experience of
domestic abuse. The spotlight series focuses on
different groups of people who can find it difficult to access
domestic abuse support or have unmet needs; our
findings provide professionals and policymakers with
a better understanding of how to support these ‘harder to
Each week from the end of January to the
middle of March, professionals, experts and people with lived
experience will be taking part in video interviews, writing
blogs, short films and podcasts. We would love for you to be
part of that conversation - please do sign up to
on 3 March 2017 (1-2pm)
and an open Twitter Q&A with experts
on 15th March (between 1 and 2pm) by following
#SafeYoungLives. If you want to let us know
what you think any other time - just get in touch via our Twitter or
page with the same hashtag. We
want to hear from you, your experiences, your views and of course
answer any questions.
To find out more and access new content as its
released over the next six weeks, please go to our Spotlight
page on Young People. Together,
we can build a clearer picture of what is is like for
young people experiencing domestic abuse and how we can help them
to become safer, sooner.
National organisationscan be found at the links
- National Domestic Violence Helpline (Telephone
0808 2000 247
- Women's Aid -
The national charity working to end domestic abuse against women
and children. This site gives access to publications and research
- Alcohol Concern - 'Grasping the Nettle: Alcohol and
Domestic Violence'- This factsheet, authored by Dr
Sarah Galvani provides an updated overview of the research on the
association between alcohol and domestic violence and a clear
outline of the implications for policy and practice
- Asian Women
Behind Closed Doors - The Impact of Domestic Violence on
Children-Unicef Report (2006)
Bruises-Core Information from the NSPCC
- Refuge Organisation
- Respect - Charity
providing resources for working with perpetrators of domestic abuse
which will be of use to social workers and others undertaking work
with this group
- The Freedom
Programme - a 12 week programme providing information
about domestic violence to men and women
Hideout - the first national website to
support children and young people living with domestic violence, or
to those who may want to help a friend. The site informs
children and young people about domestic violence and helps them
identify whether it is happening in their home.