Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership
If you are experiencing Domestic Abuse please contact the 24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
If you are ever at risk of immediate danger contact the Police on 999
Welcome to the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership (BDAP).
The Partnership brings together key agencies across Bedfordshire to raise awareness, to deliver services and to work together to improve our local response to domestic abuse. At BDAP we work closely with local authorities and other agencies to provide services in the local area, we deliver a two-tier training programme for professionals who work with those affected by domestic abuse and we strive to bring all those agencies working locally together to ensure a coordinated response to domestic abuse. BDAP also coordinates the monthly Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) and the Domestic Abuse Champion Scheme in both Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire
We are asking residents of Central Bedfordshire to share their experiences of domestic abuse through a short survey.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone and can take many forms. That's why we are asking as many people as possible to complete the survey – the feedback will help us think about how to improve services.
The current UK Government defines domestic abuse as "any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, 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. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional."
The survey is completely anonymous and will take no more than ten minutes.
So, if you're aged 16 or over, have experienced domestic abuse or know someone that has; or if you're concerned about your behaviour towards your partner – we want your views but only if you live in Central Bedfordshire.
Consultation closes on Friday, 31 May 2019
Full details on the website http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/…/domes…/overview.aspx
This 30 minute documentary describes the dangers and the issues that women leaving abusive relationships face.
It offers a guide to how a survivor of domestic abuse/violence can plan to leave a relationships and the reality of the challenges that this decision can bring.
If you are in an abusive relationship or you are unsure about how safe your relationship is, watch it; as long as it is safe for you to do so.
The programme contains advice from an IDVA, a therapist, a refuge manager, a GP, a specialist police officer and a victim support manager.
Please call the Police on 999 if you are at risk of immediate danger.
Alex Skeel documentary BBC3 and BBC TV 19th February 2019
"I stayed with my abusive girlfriend out of fear she would kill me."
Alex's partner was the first woman jailed for coercive and controlling behaviour in the UK. Now he's trying to fight the stigma around male domestic abuse.
In this documentary, Alex shares his experiences of domestic abuse and violence; he was told that he was 10 days away from death when he was helped by the Police and paramedics. His abuser, girlfriend Jordan Worth, was sentenced to 7 and a half years for coercive controlling behaviour and grievous bodily harm.
18th February 2019 BBC 3 (online via BBC iPlayer) and repeated again on BBC 1 on 19/02/2019 at 10:45 pm
Abused by My Girlfriend tells the remarkable story of Alex Skeel, a 23-year-old man from Bedford who survived an abusive relationship with his girlfriend Jordan Worth.
By sharing his story, Alex hopes to challenge assumptions about violence and masculinity in relationships, and to empower victims of domestic violence to come forward.
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