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School holidays – memories to last a lifetime

The school holidays are underway at last. Six weeks with no homework, no fretting about PE kit readiness, or packed lunch problems. Just enjoying the freedom of days under blue skies and continuous glorious hot weather. Perhaps you are looking forward to a break away in the UK or abroad. For families throughout the country, the summer holidays can be a fun-filled, happy time. Time to spend together and make memories to last a lifetime.

However, some summer memories that last for a lifetime aren’t always happy ones. Having to spend more time with a spouse or partner, especially when outside of the normal daily routine, and with the added pressure of keeping the kids occupied for those never-ending weeks until school starts again, can be a trigger in an already unstable household. Increased alcohol consumption, midweek late nights and bored children can also test any relationship to its breaking point.

Sadly, for those already living with domestic abuse or violence, a long period of enforced time together over the summer, with no respite, can often lead to increased levels of incidents, and feelings of fear and isolation. It can also make it extremely difficult to get the opportunity to seek help, or even to make an escape.

Are you a victim of domestic abuse?

If you are dreading the summer holiday period because you are experiencing abuse or violence, remember, it is not your fault. You are not alone, and there are many organisations and people that can help you.  We will listen, we will believe you and we can help.

You can call us anytime on 101, or use our online reporting centre.  In an emergency situation, always call 999.

If at this time you’re not ready to make a disclosure, or to leave the situation, but you would like to talk to someone about your options, we can help with that too.

The Signpost Hub can provide advice and support for victims of crime across Bedfordshire, whether that crime has been reported or not, and even if you are not ready to report it yet. You will not be forced to make a report, and it is not a condition of using the service. The hub provides emotional and practical support to help you to cope and recover. Services are free of charge and completely confidential.

Call the support line on 0800 0282 887, or visit the SignpostforBedfordshire website.

There are also further resources and information available on our website.


DCI Jerry Waite
Head of Emerald

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