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
Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to Parliament
Today, 16th July 2019, the Domestic Abuse Bill is to have its first reading in the House of Commons, this will start the process of changing the response to domestic abuse. The Bill, offers support to survivors/victims of domestic abuse and tackles how to bring the perpetrators of abuse to justice.
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Increased jobcentre support for women experiencing domestic abuse
This morning the DWP issued a Press Release, click on the image above to read more. Around 600 DWP staff across the UK are currently undergoing specialist training from expert organisation Women’s Aid. The newly assigned points of contact will be trained to identify and support the needs of anyone experiencing domestic abuse, and will…
Domestic Abuse in rural areas
The National Rural Crime Agency has published a report about the hidden domestic abuse in rural areas. Click on the image above to read the BBC report Isolated, unsupported and unprotected, victims failed by the system, services and those around them The National Rural Crime Network reveals a hidden picture of domestic abuse in…
Forced Marriage Protection Orders. How can they protect me?
Information on Forced Marriage Protection Orders 2019 This is a really useful guide on Forced Marriage Protection Orders Please click on the link to visit the HM Courts and Tribunals Service website as the guide is available in different languages. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/forced-marriage-protection-orders-fl701
Safer Central – Community Safety Partnership 2019 Survey! Have your say
If you are a resident of Central Bedfordshire, please complete the Safer Central Community Survey by clicking on the link here This is an annual survey that enables the Community Safety Partnership to engage with residents and hear the feedback from Central Bedfordshire resisents.
Draft Domestic Abuse Bill
The Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill published its report on Friday making recommendations for amendments to the Bill. You can read it here https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/jt201719/jtselect/jtddab/2075/2075.pdf What do you think? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.
Domestic abuse survivors ‘more at risk of serious mental illness’
Please click on the link to go to the BBC News website to read the research carried out by Birmingham University. Other media has also reported this research https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/07/domestic-abuse-victims-more-likely-to-suffer-mental-illness-study https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/women-mental-health-schizophrenia-bipolar-disorder-domestic-abuse-a8947776.html In the article on the Independent webpage, there are 13 slides entitled “Forgotten Women” these are thought provoking and worth reading.