Emergency Support Bag - Bedfordshire Police Partnership Trust

Bags to provide help for those in need of support after fleeing violence

The Bedfordshire Police Partnership Trust (BPPT) has been awarded £14,370 by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to help support individuals fleeing Domestic Abuse.

The MoJ funding is in response to the national rise in cases of Domestic Abuse. The BPPT will use the funding to create Emergency Support Bags which will provide help for those in need of support after fleeing violence, which will include sim cards to make calls, clothing, food vouchers and a wifi-enabled tablet to access 24hr support from partners.

Bedfordshire’s police and crime commissioner and trustee of the BPPT, Kathryn Holloway, said:

“My staff have [sic] worked tirelessly to win every available grant to support those who have had the terrible experience during the pandemic of having to flee their homes due to violence.

“They’ve listened to victims themselves to learn what they most need in this emergency and that’s why these Emergency Support Bags are stocked as they are.

“I hope it’s a small reminder to people who are in such an extreme position that we care about them and will help them get the support they need.”

The Trust is working with Bedfordshire Police and Domestic Abuse service providers across the county to identify where these additional provisions would be most useful.

Safety is a priority for all partners serving in this arena so an individual and family can be given support to have the best possible opportunity to recover from the trauma they have endured.

Jenny Bull, domestic abuse project manager for Victim Support Bedfordshire, said:

“To escape Domestic Abuse during lockdown, a victim frequently has to leave everything behind; taking their one chance to leave safely, when that chance presents itself.

“These bags can help to make that decision to escape a little easier, at a time when every decision can be edged with anxiety, fear and danger for the individual and their children.”

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In an emergency, a victim of Domestic Violence should always call 999 for assistance.

To report Domestic Abuse, call police on 101, or visit a participating pharmacy and ask for “ANI” which is a codeword now recognised as a cry for help by trained pharmacist staff.

The Emergency Support Bags will be allocated by the specialist call centre service for victims of crime, Signpost, through Bedfordshire Police or through Domestic Abuse service providers and will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Signpost offers free and confidential support to victims of any crime or those affected by a crime in Bedfordshire, whether or not it has been reported to police and irrespective of where and when the crime occurred.

Signpost’s victim care coordinators can be contacted on freephone 0800 0282 887 or by visiting Signpost for Bedfordshire for further information.