Women’s Court Service
This is a service offered to any woman defendant going through Bristol Magistrate court.
The worker meets with women who are either in the cells or have to appear in court that day and offers support with attending court, liaising with the criminal justice system any health and social care needs.
We know that the women are often victims as well as offenders and that prison does not address the causes of women’s offending. More than one in three have histories of sexual abuse and over half have been the victims of domestic abuse.
Our service has shown a high take up of women wanting support with a range of needs including debt, housing, benefits, domestic abuse and mental health. The worker can offer support for up to 4 weeks and for those women that require ongoing support she will refer them to a range of agencies including Missing Link, Next Link and Safe Link services.