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 Safeguarding Bedfordshire.

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:

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

Resources for Young People

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.

Although this link is to the Women's Aid website, the information is relevant to anyone who is thinking about how to increase their safety.

Non-Fatal Strangulation Toolkit

Non-fatal strangulation (NFS) is a method used within domestic abuse to control and intimidate others. It became a standalone criminal offence under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. BDAP have developed a toolkit which is available here.

Staying Safe Online

With so much of our lives now taking place online and digitally, knowing how to keep yourself, and your children if you have them, safe online is very important. Women's Aid have produced resources on safe use of technology and websites whilst you are in a relationship or once you have left, including information on removing other people's access to your accounts/devices and location tracking.

Although this link is to the Women's Aid website, the information is relevant to anyone who is thinking about how to increase their safety.

More information on staying safe online is available here.

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.