Domestic Abuse Helpline

24 hour domestic abuse helpline

Advice for practitioners

If someone discloses domestic abuse to you, you should speak to the individual concerned alone and in a confidential space where they have the opportunity to disclose the abuse and discuss the support they would like without fear of the perpetrator or other people hearing about the abuse.

Wherever possible you should try to complete a Domestic Abuse, Stalking & Honour Based Violence (DASH) risk assessment with them to help determine the risks to the individual and to guide any safety planning. Depending on the level of risk posed to the individual concerned you may need to make a referral to the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC).

You can access the relevant risk assessments and MARAC referral forms for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton here

You may need to find out more about services available to support victims of domestic and sexual abuse, you can find more information about local and national services on our Get Help pages.

Support Services Directory

Training

If you would like to access domestic abuse training, please visit the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Training website

For a look at new training courses please download the flyer here

Safeguarding

If you have safeguarding concerns about a child, please contact the appropriate local authority on the below details:

  • Central Bedfordshire Access and Referral Hub on 0300 300 8585 or AccessReferral@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk
  • Bedford Borough Multi Agency Support Hub (MASH) on 01234 718700 or multiagency@bedford.gov.uk
  • Luton Borough Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01582 547653 or mash@luton.gov.uk

If you have safeguarding concerns about an adult, please contact the appropriate local authority on the below details:

Useful Guides

Making a Safety Plan

A personal safety plan is a way of helping you to protect yourself and your children. It helps you plan in advance for the possibility of future violence and abuse. It also helps you to think about how you can increase your safety either within the relationship, or if you decide to leave.

Toolkit for work with male victims of domestic violence

Respect has published a toolkit for professionals working with men experiencing domestic violence. The purpose of this toolkit is primarily to support and inform work with male victims of domestic violence.

SafeLives

An advice sheet for non-specialists to help you identify victims, ask the right questions and to point you towards other organisations who can help.