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.
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.
Thanks to everyone who supported our candle lit vigil to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Next Link has held this event for 18 years and each year it has generated an increase in women seeking help.
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 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 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.
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.
We held our annual candle lit procession from Queen Square to College Green. We have held this event for 17 years and each year it has generated an increase in women seeking help.