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.
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 attended by over 100 people.
Christmas is around the corner and Next Link is 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!