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

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. The procession meets at Next Link and makes its way to College Green  where two larger candles are lit by survivors to symbolise the two women who die each week through domestic abuse in this country. There is  a minutes silence for gatherers to pay their respects to those whose lives have affected by domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault. All welcome.

Look out for details for 2020 and please come and join us!



For more details contact sarah.o’leary@nextlinkhousing.co.uk



16 days of activism

November-10th December – this is an annual event


The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that takes place each year. It commences on 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to the 10th of December, Human Rights Day. It was originated by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organising strategy by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Please click here for more information.





New Domestic violence Prevention Programme

New Domestic Violence Prevention Programme (REPROVIDE) For men who are concerned they are abusive in their relationships with women

Researchers at the University of Bristol, along with Splitz (who run domestic violence perpetrator programmes) and Next Link domestic violence support service, are looking for men to take part in a new study that will help improve how we support men in changing their behaviour and how we can support their partners or ex-partners.

The study aims to recruit 48 men who live in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire, and who are:

  • Aged 21 or over
  • Worried that their own behaviour in relationships with women might be violent or abusive
  • Who can understand English well enough to take part in a group programme


If you are interested in hearing more about the study or to make a referral please do not hesitate to contact Rebekah Shallcross and the team: reprovide-men@bristol.ac.uk or on 07976 225462 OR Sally Stockham at Splitz: Sally.Stockham@splitz.org or 07587 777754 (Splitz is our partner organisation who run the domestic violence perpetrator programmes)


BAVA campaign film #noexcusebristol

As part of the No Excuse to Rape Me campaign 2014, BAVA has created a short film that highlights why Bristol will not tolerate any excuse for rape or sexual assualt. Using the hastag #noexcuseBristol, people across the city sumitted their clips and photos to raise awareness of the campaign and to stress that the victim is NEVER to blame.

Check out the clip here:

#noexcuseBristol film


Mayor of Bristol commits city to working to equality for women

The Mayor of Bristol is to sign an historic declaration committing the city to working to secure the equality of women and men.

In doing so George Ferguson will put Bristol at the forefront of the drive for fairness with the city becoming the first in the UK to sign up to the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life, launched in 2006.

The signing of the charter, which will take place at a ceremony in City Hall on Friday, March 8, will commit the council to drawing up a Women’s Strategy for Bristol that will set out the priorities, actions and resources to achieve this.

A Women’s Commission will be set up comprising key agencies in the city and will form working parties to look at various aspects of gender equality.

The Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson said: “Signing the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life is a major declaration of intent, setting out our commitment to achieving real equality for women in Bristol.

“Major advances have of course been made in the last 50 years but more can be done to secure  genuine equality of opportunity and choice.

“Women continue to be under-represented at the highest levels of decision-making, something alluded to only last month by the Prime Minister.

“Women put in far more unpaid hours at home than men and, on the social front, continue to suffer unacceptable levels of harassment and violence.

“I want Bristol to be in the vanguard of the drive in the UK to achieve equality for women in all aspects of local life and I am proud to make this commitment on the city’s behalf.”

Councillor Gus Hoyt, Cabinet Member for the Environment, Communities and Equalities, said: “This is more than a question of natural justice and of securing recognition of the contribution of women to life in Bristol.

“As a European Commission report notes, gender inequality “imposes a heavy toll on the economy and results in an under-utilisation of talent”.

“In working for equality for women we will be working towards a more prosperous and successful Bristol.”

Penny Gane, Interim Chair of Bristol Women’s Voice, said: “Bristol Women’s Voice are pleased that the Mayor is demonstrating his commitment to putting Bristol at the forefront of women’s equality. We look forward to working together in the Women’s Commission and playing our part in making sure that the voices of women across Bristol are heard.”