Part 1: Introduction

Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to tackling domestic violence and abuse. Domestic violence and abuse is more than physical violence. It involves the use of power by one person over another. It can affect anyone regardless of race, age, gender or sexuality.

Domestic violence and abuse is the physical, emotional, verbal, sexual or financial abuse of one person by another with whom they have or have had an intimate or family-type relationship. It arises from the misuse of power and control by one person over another. It is rarely a one-off event, but tends to escalate in frequency and severity over time. We want to find out more about domestic violence and abuse services in Central Bedfordshire to find out how people that have experienced abuse have found them.

This short survey is completely anonymous. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please only complete this survey if you feel safe and able to do so. The survey is only open to people over the age of 18 that currently live in Central Bedfordshire. You can change your mind at any point in the survey by simply exiting the screen.

The aim of the survey will be to let us know your experiences of all types of services, such as the council, social services, police or specialist domestic abuse services. We will use all of the feedback we receive to form our future decision making.

In an emergency, always call the police 999 (emergency) 101 (non-emergency).
If you have experienced domestic abuse, there is help available;

24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline - 0808 2000 247

If you are concerned about your behaviour, there is help available;

The Respect national helpline is open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm - 0808 802 4040 (free from landlines and most mobiles). Or email info@respectphoneline.org.uk.

Thank you for completing the survey.

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