Police launch new unit to deal with domestic abuse cases

Aaron Kiff, leading Beds Police new Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit.

Aaron Kiff, leading Beds Police new Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit.

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A Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit has been launched by Bedfordshire Police to given more protection to those involved in domestic abuse and violence and the offenders brought to justice.

Tackling domestic abuse is a Bedfordshire Police Force Priority and the new team, part of the Public Protection Unit, is led by Inspector Aaron Kiff who leads a team of 36 officers.

Inspector Kiff said: “Bedfordshire Polices’ purpose is to fight crime and protect the public and safeguarding individuals and communities is everyone in the Force’s responsibility. Domestic abuse is a priority that we take incredibly seriously and deal promptly and positively with any domestic incident that we attend. Domestic abuse is not the victim’s fault and they should know they are not alone.

“As well as the Police there are many people and organisations that can help and protect those in an abusive situation so they feel safe. Wherever possible, we will take positive action and protect victims from further abuse.

“The Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit provides expertise around all aspects of dealing with reported incidents and supporting individuals and families to ensure that the full range of possible outcomes is available to them and that everything possible is done to bring abusers to justice.

“We also help create robust safety plans with victims to make them feel free from fear and intimidation. We work closely with partners such as Victim Support, Housing and National organisations providing help, advice and safe places to go, if necessary.”

There is plenty of online help for those suffering domestic abuse on the Bedfordshire Police website www.bedfordshire.police.uk. As well as contacts and resources the site includes advice on how to delete your browsing history so any abuser cannot find out what you’ve been doing.

In an emergency call 999 immediately.

To contact the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit call 101.

Other help available:

National Stalking Helpline 0808 802 03000

24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (freephone) 0808 2000 247

Bedfordshire Police Rape Investigation Unit 01582 473416

Bedfordshire Domestic & Sexual Abuse Partnership http://www.bedsdv.org.uk

Luton Councils Website http://www.luton.gov.uk

Womens Aid in Luton http://www.womensaidinluton.org

Victim Support 0845 456 5995 (Local)