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)
0808 2000 247 – 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline (link opens in new window).
0800 999 5428 – National 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:
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 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.
Download our domestic abuse strategy (PDF 89.4KB) (2016-2020) 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.