New look website to help victims of domestic and sexual abuse

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A new website for domestic and sexual abuse victims has a ‘hide my visit’ button so that no-one will find out about their quest to get help.

From today (Tuesday), anyone seeking advice about this type of abuse can access a user-friendly website aimed at helping victims, survivors and professionals.

The Bedfordshire Domestic and Sexual Abuse Partnership is rolling out its new look website, which is easier to navigate and much clearer and simpler than before.

It can also be access from mobile phones and tablets.

The changes have been made alongside a rise in the number of domestic and sexual abuse incidences reported thanks to victims being more confident in coming forward.

Councillor Colleen Atkins, who oversees community safety, said: “It is crucial that people can access clear guidance on what to do to help them in a situation of domestic or sexual abuse. Visitors to the website can quickly access information when it suits them and when they are able. It can act as a first point of call as, for whatever reason, individuals may find it hard to talk to their family and friends about what they are feeling and going through. This domain will allow them to consider their options and reach out for help.”

The Bedfordshire Domestic and Sexual Abuse Partnership brings together the main statutory and voluntary agencies which help to provide and improve services in relation to domestic abuse and sexual abuse across Bedfordshire, and is a shared provision between Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council.

The website will also feature a monthly blog that will look at specific topics. The first will focus on recognising make victims and the barriers that stop men from taking about domestic abuse.

Visit the website at www.bedsdv.org.uk