Bedfordshire Police is working closely with partners and community groups to tackle male violence against women and girls (MVAWG), by focusing on perpetrators as well as raising the awareness of the different types of support available to victims.
We believe there is underreporting specifically from women from diverse communities, and as a force we are working to break down those barriers.
How it started
The Be Heard pilot was launched in collaboration with Nine Red Presents, a specialist art therapy group which focuses on support for women who have experienced domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Working closely with the group’s CEO Debra Knight, the force was given an insight into the lived experience many of the women in the group had faced.
Joining regular community events in Luton, the group were able to help shape the force’s domestic abuse policy, ensuring it is representative and inclusive, and ensured a compassionate and collaborative approach to supporting victims.