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Next Link to provide Domestic Violence and Abuse Services in South Gloucestershire

With effect from 1st July 2017 Next Link will be providing Domestic Violence and Abuse Services in South Gloucestershire. The services they will be providing are outlined below:

Safe Accommodation

They will provide accommodation within the county of South Gloucestershire for people who are fleeing domestic violence and abuse.  The accommodation is a mixture of refuge and safe houses/accommodation.

Domestic Violence and Abuse Support Services

This service will :

  1. Provide a needs led service that is accessible to all victims
  2. Improve health and well being
  3. Reduce crime and disorder
  4. Provide a central point of access for elements of this service

Element one

Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) Specialist Outreach Service that will support victims assessed as high, medium and standard risk victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Element two

Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS) service that provides a programme of training for all GP surgeries in South Gloucestershire and will provide advocacy support for victims identified by GPs.

Element three

An IDSVA service in North Bristol Trust that supports both residents from South Gloucestershire and Bristol in both Accident and Emergency department and a pilot within maternity services.

Element four – Survivor, Family and Peer support, such as (not an exclusive list):

  • Pattern changing programmes
  • Community drop-in
  • Facilitation of survivor groups, to allow peer support
  • Freedom programme or similar

From 1 July all victims that require these services need to be referred to Next Link.  All existing services users that have given their consent will be passed to Next Link automatically  on 1st July 2017. Existing service users will continue to receive the appropriate support from Survive in the meantime.

Next Link’s contact details for victims:

Phone line 0800 4700 280

Text 07714 290011

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Professionals can call

0117 925 0680 Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm, Saturdays 9:30am to 1pm