If you or your family are in immediate danger, or if you have sustained physical injuries, call the police and emergency services on 999.

BAVA - Bristol Against Violence and Abuse

This website provides information about different types of violence and abuse and the support services that can help you. 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 website managed by the Crime Reduction and Public Health teams at Bristol City Council

The BAVA website aims to be a source of local information about support services, training and prevention work related to all types of gender based violence and abuse, which also includes coercion and control.

The BAVA is part of the work of the Bristol Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse’s strategy whose mission is:

  • To take a zero tolerance approach to domestic and sexual violence and abuse: there are no excuses for gender-based violence.
  • To effectively prevent gender-based violence and abuse through campaigns, education and training, support victims to cope and recover from violence and abuse, and hold perpetrators to account.

If you need help or advise for yourself, your friend, your family – take a look at the different support services on this website and you can make contact directly. However, if you not sure where to start you can contact Next Link who will either be able offer support and or advice:  Contact – Next Link (nextlinkhousing.co.uk)

In an emergency – contact 999



As our Volunteering page is now out of date please contact the organisations listed on this website directly. Several do offer training and support to people who would like to volunteer.

News and Campaigns

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Candlelit March

  This is annual event. Look out for the November 2020 details. Last year Next Link led the  candlelit march and  invited people to join in and highlight the number of women and children affected by Domestic Abuse and Rape and Sexual Abuse. The march highlights the United Nation’s International Elimination of Violence against Women’s day. […]

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