Domestic abuse

Coronavirus: domestic abuse, self-isolating and staying safe

We know if you are experiencing any form of an unhealthy relationship, domestic abuse or sexual abuse, it is a very frightening and uncertain time for you.

There is support available for you, and if it is safe for you to contact them, these services will be able to help.

Staying safe

SafeLives has created a guide for individuals suffering with abuse, which will provide you with some essential information on staying safe.

Find local support services on the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership's website.

National helplines are still answering calls and helping as many people as they can:

  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Men’s Advice Line: 0808 8010 327
  • LGBTQ+ National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428
  • Respect phoneline (for perpetrators of abuse): 0808 802 4040

Technology and staying safe

Modern technology (e.g.internet / mobile phones) has made it much easier for abusers to stalk, intimidate and threaten both online and offline. We can help you take measures to protect yourself. Assess your risk and take back control with this guide of best practices produced by Chayn.

Your mental health

The Mental Health Foundation has put together some helpful tips to help you and your mental health if you are in an abusive relationship.


Find out how we can help you, if you find yourself in a housing crisis. The National Domestic Abuse Helpline (0808 2000 247) can help you with refuge.

If you are concerned about your own attitudes and behaviours

We would encourage you to talk to Respect if you are concerned about your own attitudes and behaviours towards others. Respect operates a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for those looking for help to stop the abuse.

Respect works with male and female perpetrators, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. Partners or ex-partners of perpetrators, as well as concerned friends and family and frontline workers, are welcome to get in touch for information, advice and support.

Telephone: 0808 802 4040

Webchat: every Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 4pm.