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BAVA - Bristol Against Violence and Abuse

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This website provides information about different types of violence and abuse and support services that can help. There is also information on how to help others and how to raise awareness of violence and abuse.

What is BAVA?

Bristol Against Violence and Abuse (BAVA) is a collection of people and organisations in Bristol working to end all types of violence and abuse against women and girls and domestic and sexual violence against men. Formerly Bristol Domestic Abuse Forum (BDAF); the name change to BAVA enables Bristol to reflect the government policy to challenge all types of gender-based violence. Read the summary of Bristol strategy or read the full Bristol Strategy.

BAVA is supported by Safer Bristol and there are regular meetings to give people a chance to develop their knowledge, network, and discuss current issues and successes.

To get in touch, contact bava@bristol.gov.uk. Please note this email address is not for people needing support due to abuse; if you need support please contact one of the support agencies listed on this website or dial 999 in an emergency.

News and Campaigns

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Bristol schools set to tackle domestic and sexual abuse

The ground breaking ‘Bristol Ideal’ project, which aims to work effectively with children and young people at school to prevent domestic and sexual violence in later years, is launched today (28 March) by the Mayor, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, the Assistant Mayor for Education and all four of the city’s MPs.

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