Our family and children’s charity provides crucial domestic abuse and domestic violence support groups for women in Bedfordshire. We believe that all women and children deserve a life free from domestic violence and abuse.
Home-Start supports women who are suffering from an abusive relationship. We also support survivors who are no longer victims of domestic abuse. Find out more about our confidential domestic abuse and domestic violence support groups below.
So what does our charity do about this? It’s our charity’s aim to support every woman who asks for our help. Once free from their abuser, they can build better lives for themselves and their child/children. We support women in the home where it is safe to do so, in Refuge and leaving Refuge when the family is being resettled.
Outside of the household, Home-Start Central Bedfordshire runs a variety of domestic abuse and domestic violence support groups and projects throughout the year. Confidentiality is always our priority to ensure the victim’s privacy.
Several years ago we founded the first Domestic Abuse Forum in South Bedfordshire together with Tithe Farm Neighbourhood Centre in Houghton Regis. The forum aimed to raise awareness of domestic abuse and domestic violence against women.
Following this, we set up and ran the Freedom Programme in Leighton Buzzard for five years. This was in response to the number of referrals we received where domestic abuse in the household was an issue.
The programme provides information for victims of domestic violence and abuse. It examines the roles played by attitudes, beliefs and the actions of abusive men and the responses of victims and survivors. Due to its success, it was taken up by Central Bedfordshire Council and is now run across the area.
From our charity’s many years of experience providing domestic abuse & domestic violence support groups, we realised there was a need not only to free people from a domestic abuse situation but also to give them the tools they need to take back the power over their own lives.
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Own My Life is a 12-week course that supports women in regaining ownership of their lives after being subjected to abuse or violence by a partner.
We look at ways of regaining control of our lives and moving on to happy and healthy lives and relationships. This includes regaining ownership of our:
Building confidence, self-esteem, assertiveness, boundaries and breaking cycles of abusive relationships. Pattern Changing is a ten-week programme with a one-week follow-up after two months.
The purpose of the course is to help women who have experienced domestic abuse. We help survivors regain confidence and self-esteem, explore personal experiences and learn practical strategies to gain empowerment. This is with the aim to change negative patterns of behaviour into positive ones. Topics covered are:
Evaluation of the programme has been very positive with women reporting significant improvements in their confidence, ability to act assertively and a greater understanding of their relationship with others.
Pattern Changing has proved to be really popular and has been externally evaluated by the University of Bedfordshire with excellent results. We hope to be able to run this highly effective programme for many years to come.
DAY is a unique multimedia programme. It uses short films, advertisements and chart music to raise awareness and provide education about domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation.
The programme challenges detrimental mindsets about abuse and exploitation. It also explores how beliefs inform behaviour and the role of the media in reinforcing unhealthy beliefs.
DAY is based on the Freedom Programme and is designed to be used with young people over the age of 14. As well as being adaptable for use with young people over 11 years.
 Crime Survey of England and Wales, 2013/14
 Domestic Abuse Data – Bedfordshire Police – April 2014
 Central Bedfordshire Council Domestic Abuse – https://www.jsna.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/jsna/info/4/developing_well/61/domestic_abuse/3
Helping Hands is a preventative education programme developed by Women’s Aid Northern Ireland. Its overall aim is to increase children’s understanding of feeling safe and to explore and promote behaviours which will contribute to a safe environment. The objectives of the course are to:
This helps children to express strong feelings without violence and practice non-violent problem-solving skills.
Help us reach and support more women in Bedfordshire suffering from domestic violence and abuse. Visit our fundraising page for ideas. Any funds donated or raised, however small, are greatly appreciated.
Home-Start Central Bedfordshire. A charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales, registered charity no. 1109262. Company Reg No. 5414484.