Support line: 0117 961 2999 Office line: 0117 961 3065
Free phone 24 hr National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Run in partnership between Women’s Aid & Refuge

Posted by: In: News 17 Dec 2014

Emily Elf 2Our very own Emily Elf is sorting through our donations today and putting together gift boxes for our service user Christmas party next week. Other donations are used in refuge throughout the year as welcome boxes for women and children who often have to leave home with nothing.

It never fails to amaze us all how generous everyone is this and every year!

If you want to help in another way, remember you can donate online or via text too. We couldn’t support as many people without help from you and our wider community.

To donate online: https://www.justgiving.com/survive-sglosandbristol/donate

To donate via text: Text SURV00 and the amount to 70070

“I can’t really express how the support you guys give makes such a difference. Thanks for caring.”

Posted by: In: News 24 Nov 2014

Today is the start of Domestic Abuse Awareness Week. This week ties in with the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence international campaign that starts tomorrow on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday

Domestic abuse is a devastating social problem that affects every segment of the population. Anyone can experience domestic violence regardless of sex, race, ethnic or religious group, class, disability or lifestyle.

Every minute in the UK, the police receive a call from the public for assistance for domestic violence.
It is estimated that one woman in four (and one man in six) in the UK will be a victim of domestic violence during their lifetime.
On average 2 women a week are killed by a male partner or former partner.
In 75% to 90% of incidents of domestic violence, children are in the same or the next room.

“Even two years on, I still get overwhelmed when I think how much Survive helped me and my children.. I am now stronger than I could have imagined, my children are happy and we live in a loving, safe, happy home. Without Survive’s help I would have stayed with my abuser and most certainly be dead. Thank you Survive. X” (Service user)

Support Survive, transform lives. See how you can get involved…..

Candlelit Walk – Can you help us raise awareness by joining us on our candlelit walk this Wednesday?

Fundraise for us – Lots of people are fundraising for us as part of domestic abuse awareness week; it is not too late to get involved, as some people are holding their events in December. Could you host your own event and help raise vital funds, as well as awareness of domestic abuse?

Patchwork Quilt  – We are auctioning a beautiful handmade quilt that was donated to us to raise money to transform the lives of those living with domestic abuse.

We can achieve more together than we can apart. Together towards freedom from domestic abuse.

Posted by: In: News 05 Nov 2014

get involved2We’ve got a lot coming up surrounding domestic violence awareness week later this month.

Every week 2 women die as a result of domestic abuse. Support Survive, transform lives.

“Even two years on, I still get overwhelmed when I think how much Survive helped me and my children.. I am now stronger than I could have imagined, my children are happy and we live in a loving, safe, happy home. Without Survive’s help I would have stayed with my abuser and most certainly be dead. Thank you Survive. X” (Service user)

See how you can get involved…..

 

Fundraise for us

We are asking people to support Survive during Domestic Violence Awareness week this November (24th – 28th) by Fundraising for us. Could you host your own event and help raise vital funds for Survive, as well as awareness of domestic abuse?

More details can be found here: http://survivedv.org.uk/fundraise-for-us

 

Candlelit Walk

There is also our annual candlelit walk as part of domestic violence awareness week. This will take place on Wednesday 26th November from 5.45pm.

More details can be found here: http://survivedv.org.uk/candlelitwalk

 

Patchwork Quilt raffle

During Domestic Violence Awareness Week we will be auctioning a beautiful handmade quilt for one week only to raise money to transform the lives of those living with domestic abuse.

More details here can be found here: http://survivedv.org.uk/patchworkquilt

We can achieve more together than we can apart. Together towards freedom from domestic abuse.

Posted by: In: News 15 Oct 2014

Donation tinSouth Gloucestershire Council are reviewing their Community Safety and Anti-social Behaviour team due to budget cuts of approximately 26%.

The consultation could have serious implications for domestic abuse services in our area, as two of the options to cut spending are reducing or cutting refuge space entirely, and cutting the community safety team that supports the sector.

Refuges are vital and help women and children escape, cope and rebuild their lives following domestic abuse. We need more refuges, not less or none! Refuges save lives. Two women a week are killed by a current or former male partner. This figure would definitely be higher without our refuges and without the MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) system, which supports women at high risk of death or violence and is funded by the support to tackle domestic abuse stream also under threat.

The detail:

Funding of domestic abuse refuge (potential saving up to £162,188)

There are four options under consideration ranging from ceasing all funding for domestic violence refuge places, reducing the number of refuge places or continuing funding at the current level and finding savings from elsewhere.

Support to tackle domestic abuse (potential saving up to £81,346 staff, £37,879 supported services)

There are two options under consideration; continue to maintain funding at the present level or cease funding of support to tackle domestic abuse. This funding also supports other community safety initiatives as required.

Take a look at the consultation here: https://consultations.southglos.gov.uk/consult.ti/CSPCommunitySafetyASB/consultationHome

This is something we obviously feel very strongly about. We have until December 5th to feedback on the consultation either through their survey or by email.

The survey is here: http://hosted.southglos.gov.uk/snap/asb/sncspcommunitysafetyasb.htm

Alternatively you can email them your views at consultation@southglos.gov.uk

Please can you our supporters, friends, former service users, anyone who feels strongly about domestic abuse lend us your voice…

Let the council know your views and how much we need refuges and other services for domestic abuse.

Posted by: In: Events 06 Oct 2014

baublesCan you help us?

We are looking for volunteers to help us bag packing at Asda Cribbs Causeway on Sunday 14th December 2014.

Asda have kindly given us a spot to collect money and raise awareness of our work in their store.

Spread a little Christmas cheer whilst raising money for a great cause. Together towards freedom from domestic abuse.

Please let us know if you can join us on 0117 961 3065 or info@survivedv.org.uk

 

Posted by: In: Events 05 Oct 2014

patchwork quilt

Would you like to be the owner of this beautiful patchwork quilt handmade and donated by the Thursday Patchwork Quilters Group? During Domestic Violence Awareness Week we will be auctioning this handmade quilt for one week only to raise money to transform the lives of those living with domestic abuse.

How do I bid: By email to info@survivedv.org.uk

When can I bid: Between 9am Monday 24th and 5pm Friday 28th November 2014

Minimum bid: £50 (if lowest bid is under this it will not be sold)

Rules: Anyone is eligible to bid. Your bid will only be accepted if submitted to the email address provided and stating you name, your contact phone number and your maximum bid.

Posted by: In: Events 30 Sep 2014

tea lights in cupsSurvive is holding its third annual candlelit walk as part of end violence against women week. The walk is to raise awareness of those living with domestic abuse currently and in memory of the two women a week and one man a fortnight who die as a result of abuse.

We are gathering at Withies Cafe, Kingswood Estate BS15 8DB from 5.45pm on Wednesday 26th November for a prompt 6pm start. Candles will be provided, but bring along a lantern if you have one. The walk will be followed by something to warm you up in the cafe.  All supporters welcome.

Please let us know if you can join us on: info@survivedv.org.uk or 0117 961 3065.

 

 

Posted by: In: News 16 Jul 2014

Take a look at what one of our lovely supporters made for us for our 40th birthday following our celebrations last week. Thank you!

40th anniversary patchwork hanging

Thanks again to all who attended the big bash and to those who told their powerful stories. Whether people were telling their own story of their experiences, or why they are a supporter of ours, everyone spoke from the heart to make it a real celebration of our work over the years.

We were delighted to be joined by Brenda Bishop, our founder, who received a lifetime achievement award at the event.

We’ve had some great feedback from lots of people, so thought we’d share a couple of comments.

“It was amazing; inspiring, emotional, painful and uplifting in equal measure and completely humbling – thank you so much for the invitation.” Supporter

“Just to say how delighted I was to be invited to the event last night and very privileged to join the celebration of all Survive has achieved. It was really enjoyable and, at times, extremely moving, as Survive events always are.” Supporter

“If I said I had a lovely time, it wouldn’t really encompass the emotional range of the evening(!) but it was amazing.” Supporter

40 years of Survivors

Posted by: In: Events 15 Jul 2014

Running feet postCALLING ALL RUNNERS….

Are you thinking of running the Bristol Half Marathon?

The run takes place on 21st September 2014.

Whatever your circumstances, why not consider running for Survive?

Join our team – running towards freedom from domestic abuse.

 

Book your place here: http://www.runbristol.com/Events/Bristol-half-marathon

Please get in touch on info@survivedv.org.uk or 0117 961 3065.

Posted by: In: Events 01 Jul 2014

happy birthdayOur 40th anniversary is getting closer! We are having a celebration on Wednesday 9th July from 5pm and we are all getting excited about it in the office.

We have secured a lovely venue and there will be nibbles, cake and bubbles. Many people will be participating in the event to tell the story of Survive from our humble beginnings to our current staff team of 25 staff, 10 board members and over 30 volunteers!

Anna Smith, Chief Executive at Survive said:

“It represents huge progress in our combined approach to supporting people to cope and recover from their experiences of domestic abuse that Survive is celebrating 40 years of service. We were set up by volunteers in response to women dying at the hands of their partners and former partners, so that we could provide women and children with a refuge from their abusive relationship. We now have specialist services for those at high risk, group work for women recovering from their experiences, excellent partnerships with housing, schools, the police, social care and a variety of specialist agencies and outreach work in community centres and Southmead hospital. Survive has doubled in size in the last five years. Our extensive work with children supports them when they have witnessed domestic abuse to reduce self blame and understand their experiences. Our representation on a number of forums means that we present the needs of service users directly to funders, often through supporting the attendance of service users to have a voice at these meetings. New projects in schools and Southmead hospital are now supporting us to work preventatively and break the cycle of abuse. We are truly supporting people to not only cope with, but to recover from their experiences in the long term.”

There are limited spaces left, but if you would like to come, please email us and request a place on info@survivedv.org.uk