Domestic abuse | Central Bedfordshire Council

Domestic abuse

Share your experience with domestic abuse

Tell us what it's like to be a survivor of abuse, or what it's like to be someone who harms others.

Support with abuse

For support with domestic abuse, visit the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership website (link opens in new window). (link opens in new window)

National Helplines

0808 2000 247 – 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline (link opens in new window).

0800 999 5428National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline (link opens in new window)

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is the abuse of one person by either their partner or another family member; domestic abuse can happen to anyone.

The cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is: any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Controlling behaviour

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

View or download our domestic abuse strategy to find out how we plan to tackle the issue.

If you would like to find out more about domestic abuse, please visit the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership's website (link opens in new window) for more detailed advice and information on services which are available to offer support.

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