Bedfordshire Police launch their new Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit today (20 October) to ensure that those involved in domestic abuse and violeare protected and the perpetrators 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: â€œBedfordshire Policesâ€™ purpose is to fight crime and protect the public and safeguarding individuals and communities is everyone in the Forceâ€™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 victimâ€™s fault and they should know they are not alone.
â€œAs 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.
â€œThe 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.
â€œWe 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,
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 youâ€™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)