Central Bedfordshire Council is running a domestic abuse survey Image: LoloStock AdobeStock_55703389

A few minutes of your time could help those affected by domestic abuse

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) is asking people to share their experiences of domestic abuse through a short survey. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone and can take many forms. CBC is asking as many people as possible to complete the survey. It will use the feedback to look at how it could improve services.

Councillor Steve Dixon, executive member for Families, Education and Children, said:

“We are gathering information to try to ensure that services reflect the needs of those individuals affected by domestic abuse or who might be in an unhealthy relationship.

“Domestic abuse is under-reported across all society so this survey will help us understand how we can support people better.”

The survey is completely anonymous

The Government defines domestic abuse as:

“any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.”

This can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial, or emotional abuse.

The survey is completely anonymous and will take no more than ten minutes

If you are aged 16 or over and have experienced domestic abuse or know someone that has; or if you’re concerned about your behaviour towards your partner – CBC wants your views.

You have until Friday, 31 May 2019 to complete the survey.

Cllr Steve Dixon said:

“So if this survey is relevant to you, please do fill it in. What you say could help us to make changes which will further help victims and survivors of domestic abuse.”

For more information about local support services, visit the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership’s website