People across all walks of life can be affected by domestic abuse. A pattern of behavior in a relationship that is used to exert power and control over the victim, often remaining hidden from the outside world within a relationship for years

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children

supported across our women’s refuge, DART, supported lodgings and accommodation (2020)

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adults

children

supported across our women’s refuge, DART, supported lodgings and accommodation (2020)

what we do

We deliver services that support people escaping abusive relationships – both in the wider community and through housing in refuges, to provide individuals and families with a safe place to call home

People often present to our services at a point of crisis, fleeing with few or no possessions. Our experienced domestic abuse teams help clients to move away from the abuser at the earliest opportunity and provide the emotional and practical support they need to help smooth the transition. 

We work in partnership with other agencies to provide a coordinated, wrap around package of support tailored to individual needs and aspirations. Using a trauma informed approach, we empower individuals to discover their own strengths and to build the resilience and skills that will enable them to live independently and free from fear.

our services

IMPAKT dart

The DART Project started in 2018, supporting women, men, and families escaping domestic abuse to find either temporary or long-term safe housing solutions. This may involve providing support to remain in their home or to move away, either in or out of the county.

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IMPAKT dart

Our experienced coordinators work over the three Bedfordshire local authority areas, supporting clients to find appropriate accommodation to suit family needs and assisting with the practical aspects of settling into a new home in a new area. Besides relocation, this can include emergency supplies, accessing benefits, setting up utilities, furnishings and white goods and obtaining civil orders. The team also oversee the ‘Flexi-fund’ to help people in Central Bedfordshire who have experienced domestic abuse. Funding may be used to overcome any barrier preventing access to secure housing, including for deposits, car repairs, white goods, clothing, identity documents and short-term school transport costs etc. It aims to give victims more control over their housing situation, reducing the likelihood that they will need to access emergency housing options.

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referrals (2020/21)

survivors successfully resettled

IMPAKT refuge

We began delivering the women’s refuge services in 2016, housing women escaping abuse, with or without dependent children, in twenty-two self-contained 1 & 2 bedroom flats across two projects.

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IMPAKT refuge

The accommodation provides a safe place for women and their children to recover from trauma and rebuild their lives. Often the abuse will have been endured over many years and our experienced staff provide emotional and practical support to empower women and children to plan for a better future, building the confidence, community networks, skills and resilience they need to enable them to resettle independently.

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bed spaces

residents housed including 29 children (2020/21)