New contract leads to pledge of better help for victims of domestic violence and abuse

July 28 2017

VICTIMS of domestic violence and abuse have been promised an improved service in South Gloucestershire.

VICTIMS of domestic violence and abuse have been promised an improved service in South Gloucestershire.

The charity Next Link has been awarded the contract to provide safe accommodation and support services, with improvements including an increase in refuge capacity to help an extra 20 households.

A support line will also run longer, there will be more frontline staff available and the service will meet the needs and demands of not only women and their children but also extended to men and members of the LGBT community.

Carol Metters, chief executive of Next Link Domestic Abuse Services, said: “For more than 18 years we have provided innovative domestic abuse services, including safe houses for victims who need to flee and community services for those who want to remain in the community and be safe. 

“It is important that victims know there is help available to make them and their children safe. It’s not their fault, it shouldn’t be happening and it is a crime.

“Our extensive experience has shown us that victims who receive support go on to have safe fulfilling lives free from violence and abuse.”

Under the new contract, there will continue to be training, support and advocacy in all GP practices in South Gloucestershire.

Help will also be available within Southmead Hospital in both the A&E department and maternity unit.

Anyone in South Gloucestershire who needs to reach the service can do so by emailing southglos@nextlinkhousing.co.uk; chatting online at www.nextlinkhousing.co.uk/southglos, phoning 0800 4700 280 or sending a text to 07714 290011.