Coronavirus and domestic abuse

Living with an abusive partner or family member is difficult at the best of times. But being stuck in the home together at a time of stress and uncertainty may be even more frightening than usual.
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It’s important that you know that there is support available locally; even in these difficult times. 

Who can help? 

The National Domestic Abuse freephone helpline is open 24 hours a day for help and advice. Phone: 0808 2000 247.

In North Somerset specialist support for anyone affected by domestic abuse is provided by a team of committed and knowledgeable professionals a Next Link (replacing Gemini)

Next Link provides support for people in North Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire

0117 925 0680 - Their telephone helplines are open 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday: 

Always call 999 if you are at risk of harm or feel unsafe.

Next Link will provide safe houses for: 

  • Families
  • Single women
  • Women with complex needs
  • Men

The service will also offer IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) support for high risk victims of domestic abuse and community outreach support for low/medium risk victims as well as The Freedom Programme for survivors.  

If anyone requires community-based support for domestic abuse please visit Safer Stronger NS for guidance on other support available and for the actions which other services can provide, including safety planning

Please note, all practitioners should refer to their own agency safeguarding guidelines when dealing with domestic abuse. 

Service users and practitioners could also contact the local DAFFS line 0800 694 9999 or email community@n-somerset.gov.uk for advice. 

About Next Link: 

Next Link already provide the domestic abuse services in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.  Over the last 20 years Next Link has built an excellent reputation for providing responsive services in city, town and rural settings that keep survivors safe, support them to seek justice and build their resilience to enable them to live meaningful lives free from the fear of violence. 

Always call 999 if you are risk of harm or feel unsafe. 

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