SAFE Link was established in 2008 and is a service that works across the Avon and Somerset Police Area and provides emotional and practical support to victims of rape and sexual assault. It was recommissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner in 2015. The service follows the Revised Victims Code of Practice.
Missing Link has been providing services to women for over 30 years and their experience has shown them is that for women’s services to be truly effective they have to understand the impact of sexual and domestic violence on mental health and at the same time take into account the pressures and responsibilities that women have in their lives.
It is only by having a holistic understanding and not seeing each issue in isolation that we can fully address the needs of survivors. By providing the range of services that we have we are best placed to make these connections and to provide relevant and effective support. We also can raise awareness of these crucial issues, campaign for more resources and promote best practice.
Safe Link is a part of Next Link Domestic Abuse Services and Next Link comes under the umbrella of
Missing Link Mental Health Services.
Safe Link provides support for victims of rape and sexual abuse.
Missing Link is a mental health and housing service for women in Bristol. We were established in 1982 to provide a range of housing and support to women that either have acute or long term mental health needs.
Missing Link supports women who are homeless, or have a history of sleeping rough or whose housing is at risk because of their mental health issues.
Missing Link strives to create a culture that encourages and values everyone’s differences and promotes mutual respect and shared understanding.
Protecting the vulnerable is a core value and is integral to how they work at Missing Link. They consider it the duty of staff, management committee and volunteers to promote the welfare of adults at risk, children and young people and to keep them protected and safe. They follow best practice to promote the safety, health and well-being of everyone that comes into contact with their services.
Their Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and Safeguarding Adults at Risk Policy follow national and local guidance and are in line with South West Child Protection Procedures; Joint Safeguarding Adults Multi Agency Policy 2015 and The Care Act (2014).
Services they offer
They provide support for anyone (women, men, children) who has been the victim of rape and sexual abuse across the whole of Avon and Somerset area.
Their services are based in the following hubs:
-Keynsham, BaNES with Lighthouse,
-Concorde House, South Gloucestershire with PROTECT Investigation team
-Express Park, Bridgewater, Somerset with PROTECT Investigation team
-New Bridewell, Bristol with Lighthouse team
-Kenneth Steele House, Bristol with PROTECT Investigation team
-SARSAS in Taunton
Staff deliver support by
-One to one support in person and by telephone
-Peer support groups
-Training and practical skills sessions
-Use of email, text, skype and whatsapp.