Safe Spaces Directory

What is a Safe Space?

Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership (BDAP) Safe Spaces Scheme promotes that certain places in our local communities can:

  • offer a safe space for someone to go to who needs to access support
  • offer a safe space for someone to contact a support service to help them safely end an abusive or controlling relationship

A Safe Space is an area in a building that enables someone experiencing domestic abuse to be able to make a confidential call, use the internet safely to get help or to just be somewhere safe.

The Safe Space will display, if possible, information about the local and national services that can support victims. If these information details can’t be displayed for some reason, the Safe Space would provide access to the information for people who need it.

Staff who manage and work in the Safe Space do not need to be experts in domestic abuse. Just having information about support services displayed and providing a safe environment for someone affected by domestic abuse to make a call or access on-line services, could make a big difference.

Why do we need the Safe Space scheme?

Whatever the situation, everyone deserves to live a life free from fear and abuse and there is support for victims and perpetrators at every stage of their life and at every stage of a relationship.

Not everyone has a safe space to go to when they need to get away from abuse or talk to someone who can help them in confidence.  That’s why we would like to have places in our communities that are safe for individuals to go to.

One of the most important things we would encourage anyone affected by domestic abuse to do, is to talk about what is happening to them.

How do I become a Safe Space?

If you think that you are able to provide a Safe Space to someone affected by domestic abuse, then all you need to do is let us know that you would like to join the scheme.

Please email your details to: BDAP@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Please provide:

  • Name of your location/service
  • Postal address
  • Opening hours if applicable.
  • Website address if available.
  • Contact email address or phone number so that we can send you updates or resources (this detail will NOT be displayed on any public website page)

Support Services

There are local and national services that provide support to those affected by domestic abuse. This includes the police, the local authority and the many voluntary and community services across Bedfordshire and beyond.

For more information about the specialist support services available, please utilise the following resources:

If you are worried that you or someone you know is in immediate danger, you should call the police on 999.