Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership


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24 hour domestic violence helpline

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

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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) 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…


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…

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. Liberty is a 12 to 24 week support programme that concentrates on helping women build their self esteem and confidence. Liberty is a closed group for a maximum of 10 women.

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…

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

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

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.

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.


SPACE is a place where children can attend, meet others impacted by domestic abuse, talk about their experiences or simply just have fun in a safe and enjoyable environment. There will be a range of therapeutic and physical activities available for young people to engage in as well as free play using the facilities available…

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…

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.

Victim Support Bedfordshire

As well as offering emotional and practical support to people affected by crime, we run a number of specialist services in Bedfordshire including: Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) service Our IDVAs deliver a free, independent and confidential service that provides support to ‘high-risk’ adults (16+) affected by domestic violence to aid you in making positive…

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…

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…