New focus on improving access to domestic abuse services for LGB and Trans communities

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 16:30

Funding from Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens’ Community Safety Grant, issued to Safer Bristol Partnership has been awarded to Next Link, working with LGBT Consortium Members, the Diversity Trust, to improve access to domestic abuse services in the region for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans communities.

The project will focus on the barriers to domestic abuse services experienced by LGB and Trans communities across Bristol and Avon and Somerset (including Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire). The two organisations will work together to improve access to services and the programme includes; a review of existing services, staff training, and research and the design of a campaign to increase reporting and referrals.

‘The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, alongside the Safer Bristol Partnership is pleased to be funding this project aimed at improving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans communities’ experience of accessing domestic violence and abuse services. No victim should feel that they can’t access support, or that support services aren’t able to meet their needs. We’re certain that the progress that will be made as a result of this project will ensure key improvements in services, and encourage more victims from these communities to seek help.’

Berkeley Wilde, Director of the Diversity Trust said: “We are delighted to be working with our partners at Next Link to improve access to domestic abuse services for LGB and Trans communities throughout the region. We know from our own research across the region, and from research published throughout the UK, LGB and Trans people are disproportionally affected by abuse and are less likely to report abuse. We want to help to improve access to services so that LGB and Trans people feel more confident to report abuse.”

To find out about the needs of the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans communities on a range of topics including domestic abuse and substance misuse Diverity Trust have designed a survey aimed at service providers working with LGB and Trans communities across the country.

The survey is designed to find out about interventions with LGB and Trans communities, and to assess the need for targeted and / or specialist interventions.

The link to the survey is here Bristol ROADS Survey


 

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