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).

If you are working with a resident of Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire, you can download copies of the risk assessment and MARAC referral form here. If you need support with the MARAC referral form for a Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire resident, please contact

If you are working with a resident of Luton, you can download a copy of the MARAC referral form and DASH risk assessment here. If you need support with the MARAC referral form for a Luton resident please contact

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.

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

Helpful 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.


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.