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Specialist domestic abuse services


Next Link

Next Link provides support services for women, men and children in South Gloucestershire who are, or have been victims of domestic abuse. Their services include telephone help and advice, safe house accommodation, community outreach services and group programmes.

Referrals can be made by telephone, email or through the Next Link Website. At the first point of contact there is a triage advice service, and all victims asking for support are offered a relevant service that meets their needs and responds to their immediate safety risks. Callers wanting advice and guidance can access our accredited advice service.

You can also talk anonymously with our support workers through our live chat helpline.

To find out more about these services please call 0800 4700 280 or email



Freedom programme

Freedom programme is a 12-week rolling programme open to any woman who wishes to learn more about the reality of domestic abuse. Contact Next Link for details of where programmes are running in South Gloucestershire. The programme aims to:

  • help women understand the beliefs held by abusive men and in so doing recognise which of these beliefs they have shared
  • illustrate the effects of domestic abuse on children
  • assist women to recognise potential future abusers
  • help women gain self-esteem and develop their confidence to improve the quality of their lives
  • introduce women to local domestic abuse services that can help them. 



SARSAS (Somerset & Avon Rape & Sexual Abuse Support) is a support service for people who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their life.

Women and girls, call 0808 801 0456
Office hours:

  • Monday and Friday, 11am to 2pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6pm-8.30pm

Men and boys, call 0808 801 0464
Office hours:

  • Monday, 11am to 2pm
  • Tuesday, 6pm-8.30pm


Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Domestic violence or abuse is a crime and should be reported to the police. You can:

  • call 999 if a crime is happening now or you’re in immediate danger
  • call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
  • fill in the online crime form (Avon and Somerset Police)
  • visit your local police station



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