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Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol launches the new Next Link enhanced service for victims of domestic abuse and violence.


Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol visited Next Link on Thursday 27th October 2016 to launch the enhanced services including extended opening hours, a central Bristol drop in centre, support plans for all children and a single point of contact telephone service.

The Mayor of Bristol said, “I am really pleased that Next Link has launched this new enhanced service to support victims of domestic abuse. It is a tragedy that many women in Bristol are still living in fear and we have to do everything we can to make sure gender-based violence, abuse or exploitation is not accepted.

We need to work together to support women and give them the skills and opportunities to rebuild their lives. Ultimately we must aim to eliminate this kind of abuse from our homes and communities.”

Carol Metters, Chief Executive Next link Domestic Abuse Services explained, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue to deliver this much needed service for the victims of domestic abuse across Bristol.

“Together with our provision of safe house accommodation for women with complex needs we are able to offer a range of services to meet the needs of the women we support.

“Domestic abuse is one of the biggest causes of homelessness for women, and we know that they sometimes have experienced multiple and complex problems including mental health and substance misuse issues.

“It is important that women who are experiencing domestic abuse know that it is not their fault and there is help available to make them safe.”

We were delighted to share ideas with visitors from Germany and Brazil


We were delighted to meet with women from GENSINE Domestic Abuse Service who provide domestic abuse services in Germany to share ideas about each other’s work. Dr Carlos, a domestic abuse researcher from Brazil came to see how we support women who have experienced abuse
here in the UK.

Visit from the home office to find out about local domestic abuse services.


We had a visit from the Director General of Crime, Policing & Fire Paul Lincoln who came to find out about local domestic abuse services. He talked with staff and service users including our peer mentors to hear about their experience of the police, criminal justice system and the help that was available to them.

Improving access to domestic and sexual violence services for LGBT communities.


This year together with the Diversity Trust we held a conference to launch a report on our work to improve access to domestic and sexual violence services for LGBT communities.

We provided new materials and promoted new ways of working to all domestic and sexual abuse services in the Avon and Somerset Area to increase the number of victims from the LGBT communities to seek help.

At the same time we ran a course to raise awareness of Domestic and Sexual Violence within LGBT communities. The Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens was a key speaker and the conference was attended by over 100 people.

We delivered the first Information Sharing Fair as part of Homelessness Awareness week


his was the first event of its kind and generated a lot of interest from agencies and colleagues working across Bristol. With contributions from over 20 organisations involved in delivering services to homeless women we were able to create information stalls, project films and gather support for our commitment to women only services within Bristol. The event was launched by our chief executive Carol Metters who gave the welcoming address, and was attended by 100 people from over 40 agencies, including the Police, Lighthouse, Probation, Health services and Bristol City Council commissioners.

Do you have any festive gifts you could donate to the women and children in our safe houses?


Christmas is around the corner and here at Next Link we are gearing up for what will undoubtedly be a busy period.

Domestic abuse happens all year round and many women and children will be spending this Christmas in our safe houses.

The festive period can be an incredibly difficult time of year for the women and children who are experiencing or fleeing domestic abuse and during this time, more than ever, they require the support of specialist services like we provide at Next Link.

We strive to ensure the families we work with have a safe and happy Christmas day and the children in our safe house wake up on December 25th to safety, security and excitement and you can help us with this mission!

Many amazing people choose to donate to Next Link during this festive period and we welcome any gifts/donations for the women and children with open arms.

So that we can manage the donations and to ensure that they reach the intended recipients in time for Christmas, we have set up a ‘Donation Period’.

Between the 5th-19th December our main office at 5 Queen Square will have a dedicated team on hand to accept any donations. Our office opening ours are between 8.30-5.30, Monday to Friday.

Items we are currently very short on

  • Women’s winter clothing such as jumpers/coats
  • Older children’s winter clothing (aged 6 upwards)
  • Toys for children aged 6+

If you want to talk to us about possible donations, please give the office a call and ask to speak to either Charlie Oswald or Andrea Russe and thank you for thinking of us!