Domestic Abuse Helpline

24 hour domestic violence helpline

Get Help - Children and Young People

Help is available both locally and nationally. Please select the links below for further information.

If you cannot find what you are looking for then contact us on bdap@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk where a member of the team will be able to help you further.

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

Counselling Directory

The Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in need to seek help. People can visit our website, enter their postcode and find a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist nearby who specialises in the area of need. Our site also serves as an information hub for people to read mental health-related articles and news,…

Direction for Bedfordshire

Direction for Bedfordshire is a dedicated, confidential service that gives you free advice, guidance and the help you need – whether you’re an offender or know someone who has criminal convictions. Direction for Bedfordshire is the way forward and is here to help offenders, families & friends as well as professionals. If you have had…

Embrace Child Victims of Crime

Supporting children, young people and families who are victims of crime We’re solely focused on supporting children, young people and families who are victims of serious crime. We help them cope with what has happened, support their recovery and provide services that enable them to put events behind them, move on and fulfil their life’s…


One to one support in the family home by an experienced Practitioner in the first instance. The service is not time limited and if appropriate a fully trained volunteer will also visit once a week. We also hold a monthly support group with crèche facilities for the victims we are supporting.

Forced Marriage Protection Orders

  The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is a joint Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office unit which leads on the government’s forced marriage policy. It operates both inside the UK (where support is provided to any individual) and overseas (where consular assistance is provided to British nationals, including dual nationals). The FMU operates a…

Sorted Counselling Service

Sorted offers a free and confidential counselling service for young people aged between 10 and 18 (25 years in certain circumstances) living within the Central Bedfordshire Council geographical area. They have been helping young people in Dunstable, Houghton Regis and the surrounding areas for more than 15 years and have now extended their services to…

Sorted Counselling Service – FORTIS project for children and young people affected by Domestic Abuse

  FORTIS Project This new project is for children and young people affected by Domestic Abuse living in Central Bedfordshire. Fortis offers counselling to children and young people from 5-18 years who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse; for more information or to discuss a referral please contact SORTED on 01582 891435


SPACE is an innovative new project we are delivering in partnership with Project 229 and Bedford Borough Council. SPACE is for young people impacted by domestic abuse in Bedford Borough. The young people must be aware of the domestic abuse, be in school year 5 (and aged 9+) and up and live / go to…


We offer confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by telephone, email and post. We work with callers to develop healthy, positive coping strategies, an inner feeling of strength and increased self esteem to encourage healing, recovery and moving forward with life. We also keep details of counsellors, agencies and support groups throughout…

The Hope Programme

The Hope Programme is an independent registered charity, with a telephone helpline and counselling for people aged over 10 years who have suffered rape and sexual violence, including child sexual abuse. Our services are also available to their non offending family members, partners and carers.

Victims Commissioner

  Help for victims Guidance and advice for victims and witnesses of crime. Every victim has a different experience of the criminal justice system. Your individual journey depends on the nature of the crime, the outcome of the police investigation and local differences in victim services. The following guidance is designed to help you at…

Young DeafHope

Young DeafHope is a unique project working with young Deaf people of eleven years and older, to raise awareness of abuse and domestic violence. Our aim is to help young people change or avoid abusive behaviour, and to help them to have healthy relationships and stay safe. Domestic abuse is any kind of violence or…

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