Who are we

Our History

Behind Closed Doors (BCD) was established in Otley

1st August 1997

Behind Closed Doors (BCD) was established in Otley, a North West suburb of Leeds, in 1997 by a group of local women, with personal and professional experience of domestic violence and abuse (DV&A).  They were concerned about the lack of specialist services in the West and North West Leeds area.  Initially run by volunteers within the community – with the support of local organisations and councillors – BCD ran a helpline for 2 hours a week, giving support and advice to women experiencing DV&A and support and information to local agencies.

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 In 2006 we moved from Otley

1st August 2006

In 2006 we moved from Otley. As we began to grow we moved from Otley into larger premises in Leeds (LS19). Over the years successful funding bids have enabled us to build our staffing structure to support extended service delivery and we now offer services city wide.

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Behind Closed Doors joins Leeds Domestic Violence Service

4th August 2011

Since 2011, we have been part of Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS) which was successful in securing the contract to deliver Leeds City Council’s DV&A contract. BCD provides the Community Domestic Violence Team within LDVS. The LDVS contract demands a focus on delivering practical support to clients and working with those who are at medium and high risk.

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BCD establishes the Prevention and Recovery Service

3rd November 2011

Whilst successfully delivering practical support as part of LDVS, we were aware that many individuals did not qualify for support via LDVS. In late 2011, to help meet the needs of this group, we successfully bid for funding to establish the Prevention and Recovery Service (PARS).

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Behind Closed Doors goes from strength to strength

2nd January 2012

Since the PARS began in early 2012, Behind Closed Doors has gone from strength to strength as we have continued to be part of Leeds Domestic Violence Service through our Community Domestic Violence Team, and continued to deliver our unique Prevention and Recovery Service to hundreds of people across Leeds.

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