Call for women-only night shelter in Bristol

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Bristol should have a dedicated night shelter for women, researchers from the University of Bristol believe.

A review of the women's night service - which provided emergency accommodation for a six-month pilot - said the city should provide a permanent service.

Those that took part in the research said they valued a safe place to stay, help with finding a home and something to eat as their priorities.

Researchers said the number of homeless women was not accurately known.

"Many stay with friends or in shared accommodation or in mixed [shelters].

"They told us they were concerned about their physical, sexual and mental safety when sleeping rough or in emergency shelters shared with men which are potentially more dangerous," a university spokesman said.

Other than dedicated domestic violence services there are no emergency women-only services in the city where women can self-refer.

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