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Victim Support is recruiting

Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)

Victim Support is recruiting for an experienced Independent Domestic Abuse Advisor (IDVA) to be part of our dynamic Beds IDVA team based across Bedford, Borough and Central Beds.

                   County/Borough                 Bedfordshire

                   Office location                    Bedford
                   Full time/Part time              Full time
                   Hours per week                  37.5
                   Basic Salary                       (unqualified) £23,460 per annum (qualified) £25,000 per annum
                   Contract type                     Fixed Term
                   DBS required?                   Yes
                   End date                            (if fixed term) 31/03/2020 could be extended subject to funding
                   Police vetting required?    No
                   Closing Date                     28/08/2019
                   Ref No                               2290

If you would like to apply or for more information, please. click on the link below in the logo.

You will be redirected to the Victim Support page where you can download a full job description and apply for this post. Good Luck!

TALK:4M is Families First Bedfordshire’s service for MALE victims of Domestic Abuse

Families First Bedfordshire is offering a peer group programme aimed at empowering men to cope and recover from domestic abuse. The next group starts in September for 12 weeks.

Please contact Families First Bedfordshire for more information and a referral form.

Venue details will be shared upon request.

This is open to Bedfordshire residents


Email: safeguarding@familiesfirstbedfordshire.org.uk or call 01234 341977 to find out more

Previous attendees have benefited from the group:

"This programme helps you to shift and re-focus your thoughts and feelings and I am so thankful for what it has given me. After so many years of feeling lost and broken, it has given me my life back".


"The early feelings of shame, frustration and at times anger are slowly replaced by feelings of hope, clarity and acceptance. It is very easy to blame yourself for your life experiences and what happened to you, but htis is self-debilitating and stops you from being able to move forward".


"Most importantly of all, it has taken away the shame and the stigma of the domestic abuse I have experienced. For many years I failed to seek help as I was embarrassed and I thought I was alone in what I went through. Then when my life was falling apart and I finally sought help, it took me a long time to find a source of support as all I could find were support services for women".



Click on the link below to see the poster.

TALK4M Poster Aug 2019 with no date and time 

Emotional abuse: ‘My fiance seemed perfect – but he wanted to control me’

Click on the image to read one woman's experience of domestic abuse at the hands of an older man; the story is on the BBC website.

Anna, an actress, fell in love with an older and more successful actor who seemed like the perfect man. But quickly he began to change. Read how she experienced the changing behaviour, the manipulation and the blame. She could not believe that the fairytale romance had become an abusive relationship.

What it’s like going through a domestic abuse case

Click on the image above to view a five minute film that shows one woman's journey through the legal system; the film shows the frustration and trauma that she experiences during the 12 months of the process.


If you have been a victim of domestic abuse or know someone who is experiencing abuse; please look on the Get Help pages of this website.

Domestic abuse, stalking and harassment should be reported to the Police. If you are ever in immediate danger call 999.

For more information and support call the National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline 0808 2000 247

Freedom Project – Dogs Trust


Freedom Project

Dogs Trust’s Freedom Project is a dog fostering service for people who are fleeing domestic abuse; recently it has opened to women fleeing abuse in Bedfordshire.

Dog's Trust know owning a pet can often be a barrier to fleeing domestic abuse and accessing refuge/emergency accommodation, so they offer free dog fostering until pets and survivors can be reunited. The Freedom Project is a specialist, confidential service and we are a female only team. This service is free to access, Dogs Trust covers the cost of veterinary treatment, food and any equipment that the dog may need whilst they are in foster care. They are able to offer fostering placements for 6-9 months and hope that pets and their owners can be reunited within this time. Dogs are placed directly into volunteer foster homes with experienced volunteer foster carers, who provide them with lots of love and care until they can reunited with their owner. The project is kept completely confidential, so unfortunately owners aren’t able to visit their dogs, however we do send them monthly updates and pictures of how their pets are getting along.

 We are able to consider referrals from people accessing refuge or temporary accommodation in these areas in immediately.

For more information please click on the logo below to visit the website and to see how to you can access the service.

End Economic Abuse

Click on the logo above to visit the Surviving Economic Abuse website to watch the film which describes economic abuse.

The impact of economic abuse upon the victim can last for years; 6/10 survivors of domestic abuse have been coerced into debt by the partner who abused them.

Women might have been -

  • Prevented from working or continuing in education
  • Had their pay taken from them
  • Stopped from claiming benefits
  • Prevented from having a bank account
  • Forced to take responsibility for all bills without adequate resources
  • Made to account for every penny they spend
  • Forced to ask for money for essentials

The link https://survivingeconomicabuse.org/ will take you to the Surviving Economic Abuse website to find out more and how to access help.


Stepping Stones Job Vacancy

Women’s Support Practitioner

Salary: £22,401-£24,657 

Permanent contract

 Are you passionate about supporting women who have experienced domestic abuse or substance misuse to turn their lives around? Do you have the skills, experience and aptitude to make a difference to the lives of women and their families?

Stepping Stones (Luton) is a local charity looking to recruit a full time (37.5 hours a week) Women’s Support Practitioner who has experience of working with vulnerable women and women with complex needs.


The role will predominantly work within Stepping Stones’ main office in Luton providing specialist one to one support and delivering group programmes to vulnerable women.


You may already be working in the women’s sector in a similar voluntary sector role, but equally you may come from related fields; perhaps Criminal Justice, Welfare to Work, housing or social care.


Whatever your background, you’ll need to hit the ground running! The role is hugely rewarding, but busy and demanding so you’ll need to be able to manage your time well, be able to keep a calm head and will already have a good knowledge of issues affecting women who have or are experiencing domestic abuse, substance misuse, safeguarding and social care procedures.


What’s most important though is that you’re able to motivate and inspire your clients, working collaboratively alongside colleagues and partner agencies to deliver great services day in day out.


To apply please visit our website www.steppingstonesluton.co.uk to download an application form. CVs will not be accepted.


Closing date for applications: Friday 16th August 2019 at 5pm. Applications should be returned to: hello@steppingstonesluton.org.uk


This post is classed as having a high degree of contact with children or vulnerable adults and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. An enhanced disclosure will be sought through the Disclosure and Barring Service as part of Stepping Stones’ recruitment checks and Personal Interviews will be required as part of the employment process.

Stepping Stones (Luton) is run by women for women and is therefore restricted to women applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, and Part 1.


For an informal conversation about the role, please call 01582 457114 and ask to speak to Karrina Usher, Women’s Service Manager.

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 work closely with local services to share knowledge and signpost women to additional, external support.

And in an important step to protect those experiencing domestic abuse, the Secretary of State will also announce that new Universal Credit claims will receive automatic guidance directing payments to be made to the main carer’s account.


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 rural Britain; victims are isolated, unsupported and unprotected – who are being failed by the system, services and those around them.

The reort is the result of an 18-month intensive research project, talking to rural victims of domestic abuse.


Click on the image below to read the report


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