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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.

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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) works 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…

Action on Elder Abuse

Our vision is a society which values older people and one in which they and other adults can live free from abuse perpetrated by those in whom they have an expectation of trust.  Where such abuse occurs, we seek an environment in which it can be identified and addressed. We want to facilitate actions and…

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…

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…

Everyman Project

  The EVERYMAN PROJECT The Everyman Project is a charitable organisation whose mission is to help prevent violence in society, in particular domestic violence and abuse.  The core activity is working with perpetrators to address the root causes of this.  The Everyman Project also provides advice, support and counselling to survivors of domestic abuse and…

FACES (BDASS)

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 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…

Mankind Initiative

    The Mankind Initiative is a helpline that is available for all men across the UK suffering domestic abuse/violence by their current or former partner; either a female or same sex partner. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, you are not alone, we are here to help. No matter what your background,…

Men As Victims

    Men as Victims is run by Families First Bedfordshire; it is a Pan Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse service – TALK:4M for men.

Men’s Advice Line

Men’s Advice Line: confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members). We help by: giving you time to tell your story; offering emotional support; providing practical advice; signposting you to other services for specialist help.info@respectphoneline.org.uk

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 LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline- GALOP

Emotional and practical support for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse. Abuse isn’t always physical- it can be psychological, emotional, financial and sexual too. Speak out, don’t suffer in silence.

National Stalking Helpline

The National Stalking Helpline is run by the 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…

Rape Crisis UK

Rape Crisis is a national charity which promotes the needs and rights of women and girls who have experienced sexual abuse, to improve services and to work towards the elimination of sexual abuse.    They raise awareness and understanding of sexual abuse in the wider community and with local, regional and national governments.  Rape crisis are…

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…

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

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…

Stepping Out

The Stepping Out service aims to ensure equality of access to specialist support for women living  in Central Bedfordshire experiencing domestic abuse (or having suffered historical abuse) or sexual abuse, including those that have multiple needs and/or are hard to reach. The service has specialist staff who, through 1-1 support, advice and advocacy for victims,…

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones (Luton) is a charity dedicated to supporting women to transform the stumbling blocks of their lives into stepping stones; creating happier, healthier lives for women, their children and families. We provide a safe, welcoming, non-judgemental environment for women living in Luton and Central Bedfordshire, who have suffered abuse, who are vulnerable due to substance misuse, offending, mental health…

Survivors UK

Survivors UK provides a national helpline and both individual counselling and group work from our base in Shadwell, London, E1. The counselling and groups are for adult men (18 and over) who have experienced sexual abuse at any time in their lives and we also offer workshops for carers/partners/supporters of male survivors. We provide training to professionals…

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…

The Emerald Centre

The Emerald Centre is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based in Bedford which covers the whole of Bedfordshire. It is committed to providing a non-judgemental and sensitive service which meets the needs of victims of rape and sexual assault.  It works with partner agencies including health services, police and a huge range of support services…

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.

The Silver Line Helpline

The Silver Line helpline is a free, national, confidential phone lline dedicated to older people open 24/7

Vesta Specialist Family Support CIC offers support for Polish families

Empowering Polish families in England and Wales Formerly the Polish Domestic Violence Helpline; this organisation supports families experiencing domestic abuse and offers counselling. The telephone line is open Mon to Friday 09:00 – 14:30

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…

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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