PCC Sue Mountstevens at Bristol candlelit vigil
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens yesterday evening joined men and women from across Bristol to take part in a candlelit vigil to mark the international day of elimination of violence towards women.
The Commissioner joined about 40 local people, who walked with candles from the Next Link office, Queen Square to College Green, where two candles were lit to remember the two women a week who are murdered by an abusive partner.
Placards with statistics about domestic abuse and rape where held by those who joined the procession with the hope of raising awareness amongst passers-by and PCC Sue Mountstevens was invited to read a poem following a minute’s silence.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “It was an incredible feeling to be part of a movement that is so strong, bringing men and women together to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence.
“Every day I am still shocked and saddened by the fact that two women a week are killed as a result of domestic abuse and I feel that the lighting of a candle is a powerful and poignant symbol of acknowledgement.
“The vigil aimed to raise awareness with passers-by and let anyone affected by these issues know that there are support services who can help and that they are not alone.”
The event was organised by Next Link, one of the services for victims of domestic abuse in Bristol supported by the council. Chief Executive of Next Link, Carol Metters MBE, addressed those in attendance about domestic and sexual violence.
Since the vigil Next Link have received an influx of calls from people asking for advice and support as a result of seeing the walk.
In April this year, PCC Sue Mountstevens unveiled her £88,000 commitment to Safe Link, who provides Independent Sexual Violence Advisors to victims or rape and sexual assault.
For more information, help and advice please contact Next Link http://www.nextlinkhousing.co.uk/ or call 0117 925 06 80.
Posted on Tuesday 26th November 2013