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Domestic abuse

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 abuse.


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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 states:

“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:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

"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."


You have the right to live free from fear and intimidation.

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 need.


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: