Above: The ‘Give and Get’ taster with Bristol City Council and Helpfulpeeps in the Galleries, part of #MHAWBristol. Below: Big thanks to the Female Empowerment Network who donated proceeds of their event to Missing Link.
Congratulations to Debbie, our Safe Link Team Leader on receiving her PCC Pride Award. The Awards, from Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, recognise the silent stars who achieve great things or go above and beyond what is expected. The awards aim to give people the chance to highlight those [...]
You can talk to us, call Safe Link on 0333 323 1543 or click here… 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 [...]
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.
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]