Bedfordshire Police takes domestic violence and abuse seriously.
We deal promptly and positively with any domestic incident that we
attend. Wherever possible, we will arrest the person responsible
for the violence and try to take action to protect you from further
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Are you a Victim of Domestic Abuse?
It is not your fault. You are not alone. There are many people
who can help you.
The definition of domestic violence and abuse now
“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive
or 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. This can encompass, but
is not limited to, the following types of abuse:
"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
"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."
You have the right to live free from fear and
Intimidation can be degradation, mental and verbal abuse,
humiliation, deprivation, systematic criticism and belittling.
Bedfordshire police work closely with other agencies such as
Victim Support and Housing in order to get you the support you
What to do if you Need Help
In an emergency dial 999
- Bedfordshire Police Rape Investigation Unit - 01582 473416
- National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247 - open 24
hours a day, every day of the week.
- National Rape Crisis helpline 0808 802 9999 - open 12 - 2.30pm
& 7pm - 9.30pm every day of the year.
You can also get more information from: