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Help & Advice

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, or if you have sustained physical injuries, call the police and emergency services on 999. If it is not an emergency contact your local police by calling 101. If you do not want to speak to the police, please contact a specialist agency who can offer practical help and support (see information below).

Organisations who can provide support

There are a number of organisations in Bristol and nationally that can provide support if you, your family, or someone you know has experienced gender-based violence. Please see the Bristol Against Violence and Abuse (BAVA) website for full listings: www.bava.org.uk

Bristol Zero Tolerance have also produced a Signposting Guide to local and national services:

Download the Bristol Zero Tolerance Signposting Guide.

To order Signposting Guides and other resources go HERE.

Other sources of help and advice include:

The Survivor Pathway is a guide for professionals and concerned others to the local referral pathways for rape and any kind of sexual abuse or assault providing information on specialist sexual violence services across the South West. The pathway is designed to help the survivor or the supporter to consider options, ensure safety is paramount, reflect on what could be useful and provide information on how to access services.


Avon and Somerset Police maintain the This is not an excuse website to raise awareness of domestic abuse, rape and serious sexual assault and to signpost to organisations that provide help and support. The website gives you general information as well as guidance on help and support you may need to make the decision that is right for you.


Lighthouse Victim and Witness Care support all victims of domestic abuse, hate crime or other forms of abuse that have reported an offence to the police. They can put you in touch with the services you need to cope and recover and guide you through the criminal justice process. If you choose not to report to the police you can also find information about support services in your area.


Bristol Hate Crime and Discrimination Services is jointly delivered by Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI), LGBT BristolBrandon Trust, and Bristol Mind. You can report a hate crime to any of their offices. A referral will be assessed and allocated to the right agency and worker.

Hate Crime is a crime motivated by prejudice against a person because of their:

  • Ethnicity or race
  • Disability, including mental health and learning difficulties
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Religion or belief
  • Age
  • Gender, marital or pregnancy status.

If you have been a victim of, or have witnessed a hate crime, please report it and make your community safer!

Freephone: 0800 171 2271

Email: sari@sariweb.org.uk

Easy read documents

We have collected some easy read documents which provide information on different aspects of gender-based violence and how to deal with this:

Next Link also run an easy access Freedom Programme course for women – to find out more download the Easy Access Freedom Programme Leaflet for Service Users.

Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS) have specialist workers who work with women who have a learning disability or autism – find out more here.

Safe Link also provide support for survivors of rape and sexual violence who have a learning disability – find out more here.

Resources in other languages

We have collated a database of gender-based violence prevention resources for non-English speakers:

Non-English Resources for GBV Prevention

Other useful information

Check out our blog for articles and information on a variety of topics. For example, information on how journalists and the media should report on gender-based violence issues appropriately.