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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.

24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline

The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. The Helpline can give support, help and information over the telephone, wherever the caller might be in the country. The…

ACCM(UK)

ACCM (UK) work in Bedfordshire and surrounding areas to promote action to bring about positive social change to enhance the wellbeing and to protect the dignity of girls and women locally, nationally and internationally. ACCM (UK) is committed to eliminating of all harmful traditional and discriminatory practices that violate Human Rights of girls and women(boys…

Bedford Women’s Centre

Bedford Women’s Centre is based in the Raleigh Centre which is in the Cauldwell ward of Bedford on Ampthill Road. Our aim is to support women in the community to improve the quality of life for them and their families. We offer one to one support and mentoring, weekly workshops, training courses (both accredited and…

Bedfordshire Well Being Service

Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service aims to make a positive difference to people’s lives through talking therapies. We are here to help, whatever the cause of your anxiety or depression, sharing your problems could be the first step to recovery. The Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service offers evidence-based psychological therapy to help support and treat common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.…

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,…

DeafHope

DeafHope is the UK’s only sign-language based service to help deaf women and children who suffer from domestic abuse.  When sign-language is the main way you communicate it can be very hard to get help.  If you are being abused, the DeafHope team are here to help you.  We will help find you and your…

Forced Marriage Unit

Contact the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) if you’re trying to stop a forced marriage or you need help leaving a marriage you’ve been forced into.

Freedom Programme Bedford

Bedford Women’s Centre deliver two weekly Freedom groups in a safe and confidential environment for women who may have experienced Domestic Abuse or want more information about healthy relationships. The expected outcomes of group are: To gain an understanding of acceptable and non – acceptable behaviours in relationships. To increase self-esteem and confidence in women…

Freedom Programme Central Bedfordshire

The Freedom Programme is a 12 week rolling programme, which can be joined at any time. It aims to help women who have experienced domestic abuse to make sense of and understand what has happened or is happening to them. It is a nurturing environment, where help and support can be found and friendship and…

Freedom Programmes – Luton

Freedom Programmes Luton Luton All Women’s Centre delivers 3 different domestic abuse programmes – Freedom, Freedom Forever and Our Lives. These support groups are for women who are experiencing or who have experienced historic Domestic Abuse. They help women to better understand the nature of abusive relationships and the different forms that abuse can take.…

Home-Start Central Bedfordshire

Pattern Changing Programme for female survivors. Self-esteem confidence, assertiveness and moving on course. (Not for women still in a relationship with perpetrator) Topics covered include: Your rights Exploring relationships with children Dealing with grief, guilt and anger Assertiveness Developing healthy boundaries in relationships Healthy relationships Action plans for the future   Weekly home visiting parent volunteer…

Liberty Programme

Liberty Programme is offered through Families First Bedfordshire and is for women who live within Bedford Borough only. It is a closed  12 to 24 week rolling programme, which consists of therapeutic group support alongside activity based learning with a focus on re-building healthy relationships. It is led by two qualified facilitators who have been…

Luton’s All Women’s Centre

Luton’s All Women Centre is run for women by women. They provide a safe and accessible woman only environment, a resource centre allowing easy access to all the services available for women.  The Centre is a focal point for women’s issues, campaigns and have a range of cultural, educational and recreational activities on offer. Luton’s…

National Centre for Domestic Violence

The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.

National Stalking Helpline

The National Stalking Helpline is run by Suzy Lamplugh Trust. The National Stalking Helpline offers information and guidance to anybody in the UK who is currently or has previously been affected by harassment or stalking through a freephone number and email facility. We respond to over 3,500 requests for help every year. We have worked…

Polish Domestic Abuse Helpline

The main purpose of the helpline is to provide Polish people who are experiencing domestic violence with a confidential contact, which will allow them to talk about their situation in their native language and to obtain information about available help and support. It co-operates with English and Polish organisations and support groups with the aim of…

Respect Phoneline

A confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner. We are a team of skilled professionals offering advice, information and support to domestic violence perpetrators, as well as to their (ex) partners and frontline workers. Respect are a helpline and email service.

Signpost for Bedfordshire

The Signpost Hub is an innovative new approach to supporting those affected by crime in Bedfordshire, putting victims at the heart of everything we do. The hub offers free and confidential support to anyone affected by crime, whether it has been reported to the police or not. This includes victims themselves, bereaved relatives, parents or…

Stepping Stones

Following confirmation that we have been successful in a funding application to the Government’s Tampon tax fund, we will be launching outreach based services supporting women who have been affected by abuse and trauma in Autumn 2017. Until that point we do not offer services in the Local Authority area, other than those for women…

The Change Project

Domestic Violence And Abuse Prevention Through Behavioural Change Established in 2009, The Change Project delivers a community based domestic violence prevention programme. It is a Respect Accredited programme for men who want to stop being abusive towards intimate partners. The Change Project also works with female perpetrators, offering an individual programme of work. The Change…

Victim Support Independent Domestic Violence Advisory Service Bedfordshire

How can the IDVA Service help? Our Independent Domestic Violence Advisory (IDVA) Service is a SafeLives Leading Lights accredited service reflecting good & safe practice. We are here to offer advice, advocacy and support to high risk victims of domestic abuse across Bedfordshire. We support any victims over the age of 16 years old that…

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…

Victims’ Information Service

Launched in August 2015 as part of the governments commitment to victims of abuse this Freephone telephone number is operated from Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and weekends from Saturday 5pm to Monday 8am. Calls from a landline are free. The phone line is supported by Victim Information Service website which signposts all help…

www.solicitors.com

www.solicitors.com is a completely free to use service, and the UK’s most popular legal database, dedicated in making sure you find the solicitor you need as easily as possible. If you are looking for a solicitor in Bedfordshire to help with any family matter, moving home or help with your business we can help, if…

YMCA Bedford

The Central Bedfordshire refuges provide 22 self-contained flats across 2 services. In addition to the Support Coordinators and Support Staff we have a Children’s worker and Family Learning Coordinator who provides additional support to all children and service users in the refuge. YMCA are the lead contract holders and work closely with Aragon Housing who…

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