Domestic abuse resources page
If you or anyone you know is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police - they will continue to respond to emergency calls.
- Support for victims in Luton
- Stalking risks during coronavirus
- Sexual abuse
- Economic abuse
- Staying safe during coronavirus
- Support for children and young people
- Support for perpetrators
- Other resources
Recent measures announced to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), such as the order to stay at home, can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses you are under.
Support for victims in Luton
- Stepping Stones continue to offer support to clients via phone, video messaging (eg WhatsApp, Skype) and text messaging from home. For further information:
- Luton All Women’s Centre
- Women’s Aid Luton offer support and guidance to women’s and children from all backgrounds and circumstances. Also offer refuges to women and support for children.
- Call the helpline: 01582 391856 (10am – 5pm Monday to Friday)
- Visit the Women's Aid website
- Bedfordshire Signpost Hub
- From Hurt to Healing - free online live mindfulness course for survivors of domestic abuse, to support with challenges such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, sleep issues, isolation and fear.
- Mindfulness and wellbeing at work webinars to support you through Covid-19 and beyond, for key workers, frontline workers, or third-sector workers in the UK.
- National helplines/websites
- Victim Support - 08 08 16 89 111 or live chat service available 24/7
- National Domestic Abuse Helpline for female victims of abuse: 0808 2000 247
- Mens Advice Line for male victims of abuse: 0808 8010 327
- Monday and Friday: 9am to 8pm by phone and email
- Wednesday to Friday: webchat service 10 to 11am and 3 to 4pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 12pm and 4 to 6pm by email
- LGBT+ National Domestic Abuse Helpline for LGBT+ victims of abuse - 0800 999 5428
- Galop support/factsheets for LGBTQ+ victims of domestic abuse.
- Sign Health domestic abuse service: running a modified service:
- Text or WhatsApp/Facetime 07970 350366
- Email [email protected]
- Call 020 3947 2601
- Women's Aid offers an online chat service, 10am to 12pm on weekdays - see Women’s Aid Live Chat. They've also produced safety advice for victims and survivors during this time.
- GOV.UK guidance - domestic abuse: how to get help
- Guidance for those with a learning disability - read the When it's not safe to stay at home guide by Beyond Words.
- Advice for friends and family of those experiencing domestic abuse - the Hollie Gazzard friends and family advice guide is for people who have a friend, family member, neighbour or colleague who they think may be in a relationship with a partner or an adult family member who has been abusive towards them.
- Domestic abuse resources translated
Guidance translated in different languages about how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse
Stalking risks during coronavirus
Calls to the National Stalking Helpline indicate that stalkers will not stop stalking whilst in lockdown. Their behaviour is driven by fixation and obsession and is unlikely to stop just because they are not permitted to leave their house freely.
We also know that in normal circumstances restrictions on stalkers movements have very little impact (for example the ongoing breaching of restraining orders) and they continue to stalk.
If you're concerned that you or someone you know is being stalked, take a look at this guide, prepared by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust providing lots of information and support on stalking.
- The Emerald Centre (Bedfordshire): 01234 842 750 or find your local sexual abuse referral centre
- The Hope Programme: 0300 365 1045
- Rape Crisis: 0808 802 9999
- Victim Support: 0333 300 6389
- The Survivors Trust: 0808 801 0818
- Survivors UK (for Men): 0203 598 3898
- Against Rape
Galop provides a free, confidential and independent service for all LGBT+ individuals who have experienced sexual assault, violence or abuse, however or whenever it happened.
- phone: 020 7704 2040 (ask to speak to someone from the Sexual Violence Support Service
- email: [email protected]
- or report online
- forced to take out credit
- used credit in your name
- made you use your credit against your wishes
Staying safe during coronavirus
- Being safe
- Keeping connected
- Understanding resilience
- A nurturing environment
- Understanding Emotions and Healthy Relationships
Victims of domestic abuse will be able to access the consultation rooms in Boots UK pharmacies, where they will be able to contact specialist domestic abuse services for support and advice.
Victims of domestic abuse can contact the charity Women's Aid, or a domestic abuse helpline or local outreach service and the train ticket will be obtained on the woman's behalf.
- YMCA Resettlement – email Justine Humphrey
- Shelter – 0808 800 4444
- Women's Refuge (via the National DA Helpline) - 0808 2000 247
- Mens Refuge (via Men's Advice Line) - 0808 801 0327
Support for children and young people
Childnet International's - Parents and Carers Toolkit, provides three resources that offer practical tips and advice on different aspects of keeping your child safe online. They can help support parents and carers of any age child to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support.
Aquarius offers support to anyone under 18 in Bedfordshire who is affected by substance misuse.
Government guidance for parents do not live in the same household, clarifies that children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes. There is additional advice provided on compliance with family court child arrangement orders.
Many families will have to make changes to child contact arrangements that were in place, but how significant those changes are will depend on the circumstances of the individual family. Rights of Women have set out what they believe to be the most sensible approach in the current climate.
- advance in life
- feel safe
- bring a reality to their imaginative ideas
To contact Tokko:
The Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB) has published a new COVID-19 information booklet for children and young people which is packed full of great advice.
- keeping in touch with family and friends
- how to make the best of being at home
- what to do if feeling unsafe or unwell
The NSPCC has created an online hub providing advice and support for parents and carers during the coronavirus outbreak. The content includes information on keeping children safe from abuse; tips and advice for parents working from home and ways to talk to a child who is anxious about the coronavirus.
Home-Start, commissioned by Central Bedfordshire Council, have produced the Understanding The Teenage Brain video for South Bedfordshire parents as they're unable to deliver sessions physically during lockdown.
If, during the course of your duties you have concerns for a child, the Access and Referral Hub is available to support and provide advice or guidance. They can be contacted on:
- 01582 547653 (or 0300 3008123 out of hours)
- [email protected]
Support for perpetrators
- Respect Phoneline for perpetrators of abuse: 0808 802 4040 (Monday to Friday, 9amto 5pm) or visit the Respect Phoneline website
- Download a full list of local domestic abuse services still open and providing contactless support.
- Get Help page on the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership website.
- SafeLives have a section on their website on domestic abuse and covid-19.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of domestic abuse - government advice and guidance for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
- The Mental Health Foundation have put together some useful tips for how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, with a particular article on staying at home and abusive relationships.
- Ideas for stay at home activities.
- SafeLives podcast - supporting a friend/family member/neighbour experiencing domestic abuse.