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Adding our support to the sexual abuse and sexual violence awareness week campaign

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Sexual abuse and sexual violence awareness week is 6th – 12th February.

We don’t talk about sexual abuse enough. That’s not ok.

The awareness week was established to give an opportunity for the general public, statutory and third sector organisations to participate in a discussion about sexual abuse and sexual violence. During the week people raise awareness about sexual abuse and sexual violence and how to prevent it in the UK.

Joint statement from Bristol Missing Link and Bath & North East Somerset Council:

The rent on the Women’s Refuge charity shop, which is operated by Bristol Missing Link, has not been increased and continues to be subsidised by Bath & North East Somerset Council.

The shop will continue to run until the end of March at which point Bristol Missing Link will hand over the running of the charity shop to a new provider.

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.

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.

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

This 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.