Bristol Support Services

On this page, you will find local resources designed to support families caring for victims of sexual or violent crimes in Bristol.

Victim Support help anyone affected by crime – the victim, friends and family or others involved. You can get help at anytime regardless of when the crime took place. Victim Support help you to:

  1. Feel safe and secure.
  2. Understand your rights and services you’re entitled to.
  3. Explore ways to cope.
  4. Connect you to support networks.

VOCAS is a free, independent and confidential advocacy service for adult victims of crime and anti-social behaviour living in Somerset, Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Victims over the age of 18 can access advocacy, alongside practical and emotional support to help them cope and recover from their experience and to engage with the criminal justice system if they choose to do so.

Safe Link offers holistic support plans and empowerment for any victim of rape, sexual assault or abuse.

SARSAS provide support for people affected by rape or any kind of sexual assault or abuse at any time in their lives. They also provide information for friends and families caring for someone and those with disabilities.

Lighthouse Victim and Witness Care provide a list of support services in the county for victims and witnesses.

Next Link provide domestic abuse services, women’s mental health support services and independent support for victims of rape and sexual abuse.

The Green House is a specialist support service for children, young people and families who have experienced sexual abuse and provide a range of therapies.

Mind Bristol is a mental health resource for people in Bristol and surrounding areas which promotes wellbeing and recovery. They provide:

  • counselling to a wide range of clients.
  • a number of services to refugees and asylum seekers.
  • a confidential helpline.

The Local Offer in Bristol provides online information and support for ages 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

Send And You SENDIAS provide information, advice and support about SEND to children, young people, parents and carers.

The Carers Support Centre provides support, information and advice to unpaid carers of any age living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire areas.