Local support for survivors of domestic abuse and perpetrators looking to change their behaviour

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Anyone can experience domestic abuse regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexuality, or background. Domestic abuse is not always directed towards a current partner. It also includes behaviour towards an ex-partner or another family member. It does not have to be just physical but can be emotional, psychological, financial, sexual, or controlling.

bpha is part of the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership we also work in partnership with other organisations to spread awareness and support survivors of domestic abuse. And whilst there are many support networks for victims and survivors, we also support perpetrators who are aware that their behaviour is harmful and wish to change.

Respect is a confidential and anonymous national helpline for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner. They are a team of skilled professionals offering advice, information, and support to domestic abuse perpetrators, as well as to their (ex) partners. You can contact RESPECT on 0808 802 4040. They also offer a webchat, which is available 2pm to 4pm on Thursday.

The Bridge Project is also created for those who have been abusive and are committed to changing their behaviours. Research into perpetrator awareness shows that most survivors feel significant improvements in their sense of safety after the perpetrator has taken part in a project like The Bridge.

We understand that talking about how you have treated others badly is not easy, the Bridge Project is a safe space where you can be helped to develop respectful, non-abusive relationships. To find out more about The Bridge Project you can call them on 0300 323 0245 or email them in confidence on bridgeproject@ecpbedford.org.uk.

Chrysalis Centre is a ground-breaking programme of interventions to break the cycle of domestic abuse making victims, families, and communities safer. This is achieved by challenging underlying abusive behaviours and providing education and support to enable healthy, safe, and positive relationships.  You can request or make a referral here, you can also email them on enquiries@chrysaliscentre.net

Mankind offers a confidential helpline and is available for male victims of domestic abuse as well as their friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues and employers. You can speak to them confidentially by calling their helpline on 01823 334244.

bpha Domestic Abuse Responder, Helena Pountney said: “There is no place for domestic abuse in our society and I am pleased that we are raising awareness of such an important topic. If you, or someone you know is experiencing abuse or if you have concerns about your behaviour there are a range of services you can access, you can also visit our domestic abuse page for more information. In an emergency always call 999.”

If you would like help or to find out more, please reach out to your Housing Officer, you can also contact us at 0330 100 0272.