Domestic Violence and Abuse

Please visit the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership (BDAP) for further information. 

The BDAP website, offers quicker and easier support for victims of domestic and sexual abuse and is also designed to support professionals by helping them to signpost victims by providing information, practical support and advice.  To further encourage victims and to make them feel even safer to access the website an extra feature has been added - ‘hide my visit’.

Central Bedfordshire Council have developed a Domestic Abuse Strategy for the council, to view the strategy please click here.


Domestic Abuse  

The current Government definition of domestic abuse is:

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or who have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can include, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)

  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse

  • Physical or sexual abuse

  • Financial abuse

  • Harassment and stalking

  • Online or digital abuse

Coercive Control

Coercive Control 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.

The definition also includes Honour Based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage.


Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership BDAP

Please visit the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership (BDAP)  for further information on partnership working in Bedfordshire.

The Partnership brings together key agencies across Bedfordshire to raise awareness, to deliver services and to work together to improve our local response to domestic abuse. At BDAP we work closely with local authorities and other agencies to provide services in the local area, we deliver a two-tier training programme for professionals who work with those affected by domestic abuse and we strive to bring all those agencies working locally together to ensure a coordinated response to domestic abuse. BDAP also coordinates the monthly Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) and the Domestic Abuse Responder Scheme in Central Bedfordshire.


MARAC

What is a domestic abuse MARAC?

The MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) is a multi-agency meeting where professionals share information and agree a safety plan to reduce the risk to the survivor and any children. Whilst the victim does not attend the meeting, their views are represented by an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) to ensure that the safety plan suits their individual needs and circumstances. The primary focus of the MARAC is to safeguard the adult victim.

When and how do I refer to a MARAC?

If domestic abuse is disclosed to you, complete the DASH risk assessment part of the MARAC referral form with the person to determine the level of risk. Even if the DASH risk assessment score does not reach 14, you can still refer to MARAC on professional judgement if you are concerned for the safety of the victim.

You can download the MARAC referral form and find further information about MARAC here.

Referrals to MARAC should be given to your MARAC representative to upload onto Modus; if you do not have a MARAC representative, please securely email the form to maracenquiries@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk


Training

For further training on Domestic Abuse please click here.


Useful Resources

  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247

  • Women's Aid - The national charity working to end domestic abuse to protect women and children. This site gives access to information and support as well as publications and research papers

  • Asian Women Centre

  • Core Information from the NSPCC

  • Refuge Charity - Refuge offers specialist support to women and children who may be experiencing a variety of forms of gender-based violence

  • Respect - Respect is a pioneering UK domestic abuse organisation leading the development of safe, effective work with perpetrators, male victims and young people using violence in their close relationships

  • Respect Phoneline - 0808 802 4040

  • Respect Men’s Advice Line for Male Victims - 0808 801 0327

  • The Freedom Programme - a 12-week programme providing information about domestic abuse

  • The Hideout - the first national website to support children and young people living with domestic abuse, or to those who may want to help a friend. The site informs children and young people about domestic abuse and helps them identify whether it is happening in their home

  • Alter Ego Creative Solutions - a not for profit social enterprise wants to raise awareness that short sections of their play "Behind Closed Doors". Clips of the play can be seen here

  • GALOP - National LGBT and Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428

Child/Adolescent Domestic Abuse

The Government defines this as adolescent to parent violence and abuse (APVA), which is any form of behaviour by a young person to control and dominate their parents. Causing fear, threat and intimidation. APVA has a serious impact on parents and the wider family. Kinship Guardians – often grandparents can experience this type of abuse too.

Further information can be found using the below resources:


Economic Abuse – Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA)

SEA is the only UK charity dedicated to raising awareness of economic abuse and transforming responses to it. 

Further information can be found here.

Please note that there is no contact number for SEA but there is an online form to contact them if you are supporting someone who is experiencing economic abuse within the context of domestic abuse.

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