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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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  • 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.

  • How does it feel to be a teenager now?

    Would you want to be a teenager right now?

    What do you think it might feel like?

    Are you a parent, a teacher, a Support Worker or friend of a teenager looking for inspiration or insight?

    Below are some links to resources and info that you might find useful:

     'Come and find me' by Megan Cannon - an inspiring and eye-opening poem about a 15 year old girl dealing with very real, affecting but very 'every day' issues. Link to video at Youth Work Summit 14

    Disrespect Nobody is the new Home Office campaign aimed at increasing awareness of relationship abuse and the help available for young people and their families or teachers etc. The site includes real stories from those effected by some of the issues.

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