Services for Women

Direction aims to improve the quality of life for women and their families in the community particularly where they have been affected by the criminal justice system or affected by family members who may be connected to crime.

Women are typically affected in a very different way by crime and have very different needs.  Direction can help signpost women to women specific services across Bedfordshire to improve their quality life along with their families.

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Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership (BDAP)

Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership (BDAP)

0808 2000 247
bdap@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

The Partnership brings together key agencies across Bedfordshire to raise awareness, to deliver services and to work together to improve our local response to domestic abuse. At BDAP we work closely with local authorities and other agencies to provide services in the local area, we deliver a two-tier training programme for professionals who work with those affected by domestic abuse and we strive to bring all those agencies working locally together to ensure a coordinated response to domestic abuse. BDAP also coordinates the monthly Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) and the Domestic Abuse Champion Scheme in both Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Bedford Women’s Centre

Bedford Women’s Centre

01234 316801
admin@familygroups.co.uk

Bedford Women’s Centre provides a safe nurturing space for women to promote and protect their health, mental wellbeing, to enhance confidence and resilience and to promote the benefits of positive relationships and educate them about the detrimental effects of abusive behaviours in familial or intimate relationships. We offer one to one support and mentoring, training courses, weekly groups and workshops on a variety of topics including wellbeing, life skills, arts and craft activities.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford

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imkaan

imkaan

020 7842 8525
info@imkaan.org.uk

We are the only UK-based, second-tier women's organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls i.e. women which are defined in policy terms as Black and 'Minority Ethnic' (BME). The organisation holds nearly two decades of experience of working around issues such as domestic violence, forced marriage and ‘honour-based’ violence. We work at local, national and international level, and in partnership with a range of organisations, to improve policy and practice responses to Black and minoritised women and girls.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Luton All Women’s Centre

Luton All Women’s Centre

01582 416 783
support@lawc.org.uk

We provide a safe and accessible Women only environment, a resource centre allowing easy access to all the services available for women. We're a focal point for women issues, campaigns and have a range of cultural, educational and recreational activities.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Oasis Drop In Centre

Oasis Drop In Centre

01582 725592
oasisdropin@gmail.com

The Oasis Centre in Luton (or Oasis Drop in Centre) opened in 2002 as a place where women could come to get help with filling in forms, understanding official letters and where they could come to find help and friendship while their small children play in safety.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Rights of Women

Rights of Women

info@row.org.uk

Our vision is to achieve equality, justice and safety in the law for all women. Our free telephone advice lines have provided many thousands of women with legal advice and information on a wide range of legal issues including domestic violence, child contact, sexual violence and the criminal justice process and immigration and asylum as well as other legal issues arising from relationship breakdown.

Areas of Operation:
National

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

01582 457114
hello@steppingstonesluton.org.uk

Stepping Stones (Luton) is a charity dedicated to supporting women to transform the stumbling blocks of their lives into stepping stones; creating happier, healthier lives for women, their children and families. We provide a safe, welcoming, non-judgemental environment for women living in Luton and Central Bedfordshire, who have suffered abuse, who are vulnerable due to substance misuse, offending, mental health conditions and/or are involved with Local Authority Children’s Social Care.

Areas of Operation:
Central Beds, Luton

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YMCA Bedfordshires Domestic Abuse Outreach Resettlement Project

YMCA Bedfordshires Domestic Abuse Outreach Resettlement Project

Justine.humphrey@ymcabedfordshire.org

YMCA Bedfordshires Domestic Abuse Outreach Resettlement Project started in June 2018 supporting clients originally in Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough with safe secure housing for victims of domestic abuse and, in particular, those with complex needs or BME background.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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