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.
Thanks to everyone who supported our candle lit vigil to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
We have held this event for 18 years and each year it has generated an increase in women seeking help.
Standing together in solidarity for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.Lesley Hill
We supported our Soroptimist Colleagues on their march from Temple Meads to the Lord Mayors Chapel at the bottom of Park Street.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol launches the new Next Link enhanced service for victims of domestic abuse and violence.Lesley Hill
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 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.
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.