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This website has been created to help those living with domestic abuse to recognise the symptoms, and to find support services in the Luton area to help them change their situations.

If you are a DA professional, working in Luton we also have a growing section for you with information on services, agencies and procedures to ensure you can give the best possible support to your clients.

 If you are affected by domestic abuse and you need help quickly:

• If you or your family are in immediate danger, ring 999 and ask for help.

• The National Domestic Violence Helpline is an emergency free-phone 24 hour number - call 0808 2000 247 for help or if you need urgent access to refuge services.

• You are not alone. Get the help you need by using the links on this web-site.

It doesn’t just happen to other people, anyone can experience domestic abuse. Would you recognise whether you or someone you know is affected by it?

  • One in four women and one in seven men will suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime.  (Office of National Statistics ONS 2015)

  • 130,000 children live in homes where they are at high risk of murder or serious injury.   (SafeLives 2014)

  • Two women per week are killed by a partner or ex-partner. (ONS 2015)

If you are from outside the Luton area you may like to link to the Bedfordshire Domestic & Sexual Abuse Partnership website here for further advice or information about services in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire areas.

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  • 20 year old Luton man sentenced to 23 months for Domestic Abuse related offences

    Bedfordshire Police reports that a 20 year old man from Luton who inflicted a campaign of fear and violence on his girlfriend has been jailed for 23 months.

    The Luton man was sentenced at Luton Crown Court on Thursday 27th October after pleading guilty to a string of offences.

    The defendant attended Luton Police Station in August to hand himself in for a vicious and aggressive assault on his girlfriend. He admitted his abusive behaviour, stating that she didn’t deserve to be the victim of his actions. A sustained campaign of violent abuse was revealed and he was arrested and charged for assault, threats to kill, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of a class A drug.

    The judge handed the defendant consecutive sentences for the charges which resulted in him being sentenced to a jail term of a total of 23 months.

    Beds Police have a dedicated unit responsible for investigating domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. PC Sally Chambers from the specialist Emerald Unit said: “The custodial sentence reflects the serious nature of these offences and that domestic abuse will not be tolerated. We work closely with partners to offer support, advice and guidance to victims of abuse and encourage people to speak out. If you are suffering from any form of domestic abuse or are worried about a friend or relative, please contact us on 101.”

    Source: Beds Alert

  • New Domestic Abuse Triage Service from Victim Support

    The new Victim Support DA Triage Service was launched in May 2016 and aims to help reduce risk and harm to victims of domestic abuse in Luton by providing clear pathways to the wide range of local support services available to individuals and families affected. Victim Support already runs similar services elsewhere in the country with common aims:

    • To help prevent escalation and repeat of domestic abuse incidents.
    • To increase awareness and utilisation of local services.
    • To help increase successful outcomes for victims and their children.
    • To increase confidence in reporting to the Police and other agencies.

    The service will accept referrals for any client over the age of 16, regardless of gender or background and will provide support whether or not the incidents have been reported to the Police. They will carry out a needs assessment with clients to identify individual requirements for support or assistance with issues arising from domestic abuse and then make referrals direct to local sources of support or advice.They will also provide general safety planning and signposting information and provide follow-up calls at agreed intervals to review client needs and check engagement.

    The team works closely with the Luton IDVA service and Beds Police.

    To find out more about the service or how to refer click here

    Secure referrals to: lutonda.triage@victimsupport.cjsm.net.

  • Murdered wife warned police about husband 9 times.

    A recent Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report provides a stark reminder as to why it is so important to respond to individuals reporting domestic abuse incidents.

    Anne-Marie Birch, 45, who was murdered by her estranged husband alerted Kent Police about his behaviour nine times in the months before her death.

    Lee Birch, 57, previously of Westgate-on-Sea, was jailed for a minimum of 25 years for strangling his wife in 2013.

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