Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership

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Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership

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

Survivor's Support

If you are the survivor of domestic abuse or a current victim, there are services throughout Bedfordshire to help you.

Training

Find out more about our training programme and book your place online.

MARAC

Find out more about the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference

Talk to Us

Just starting on Channel 4. If you are affected by domestic abuse or know someone who is details of local and national support services can be found on our website www.bedsdv.org.uk ... See MoreSee Less

Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit will feature in a documentary due to be broadcast tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm. The film ‘Catching a Killer - The Search for Natalie Hemming’ – gives unprecedented access to officers who investigated 31-year-old Natalie Hemming’s disappearance from her Milton Keynes home on 1 May 2016. It features the team, led by senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Simon Steel, as the case tragically develops from a missing person investigation to a murder investigation. Natalie’s partner Paul Hemming was convicted of her murder at Luton Crown Court following a trial in November last year and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20 years. The documentary has been supported by Natalie’s family who wished to take part to highlight the dangers of domestic abuse. Natalie’s sister Jo Beverley said: “If this documentary stops one more child losing their mother and one more family having to go through this nightmare then it has been worth every second. I would like to thank Thames Valley Police and Anna Hall and her team from True Vison for the amazing job they have done.” The documentary was made for Channel 4 by the award-winning True Vision & True Vision Aire production company, which has been following the work of Major Crime for more than a year to produce four films based on their cases. If you are a victim of domestic abuse or have concerns for someone you are encouraged to report this by calling the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Specialist officers will listen and deal with you sensitively. Further information about support agencies can be found on our website.

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Have Your Say!

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