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Bristol Zero Tolerance is run by Bristol Women’s Voice to tackle gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation across the city. The project works in partnership with city leaders, employers and other key organisations to better help us achieve real change around gender-based violence issues.

Bristol Zero Tolerance acts as an overarching initiative linking different strategies and bodies together and raising awareness about the related work happening in Bristol. We also encourage Bristol-based organisations and leaders to set a good example and sign up to our pledge to take positive action. The vision of the Zero Tolerance City initiative is for Bristol to become a city with a zero tolerance approach to all forms of gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation.

Bristol is the first city in England to take on this challenge and we hope that it will inspire other cities to implement similar initiatives.

As part of the one day: Day One project Bristol Zero Tolerance started a conversation with local people about what Bristol becoming a city with a Zero Tolerance to gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation would mean to them and what this might look like:

Since October 2015 the Bristol Zero Tolerance initiative has worked tirelessly to address gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation in Bristol from a prevention perspective.

Some of our achievements include:

  • Bringing in a new gender/misogyny hate crime category in Avon and Somerset
  • Working with over 100 local employers to provide training around domestic abuse and create more supportive work environments
  • Campaigning so that domestic abuse survivors have priority housing
  • Developing a toolkit on responding to street harassment including being an active bystander
  • Working with local venues and promoters in the night time economy to address sexual harassment and assault
  • Developing training for local women on street harassment and self-defence
  • Running conferences on domestic abuse and stalking; working with men and boys to tackle gender-based violence; the impact of gender-based violence on disabled people; and a gender-based violence film festival
  • Feeding in to local strategy and development to ensure that gender-based violence prevention issues are included.

Unfortunately, we have been unable to secure enough funding to continue the project in the current format with a Partnerships Project Officer running the project part-time. Therefore, from October 2019 the initiative will only run through limited activities delivered by Bristol Women’s Voice such as delivering Sister Courage training across the city and maintaining the Bristol Zero Tolerance programme during the International Women’s Day celebration.

The Bristol Zero Tolerance website will remain as a resource and we also have Signposting Guides, the Street Harassment Toolkit and other resources which can be ordered from Bristol Women’s Voice here

Bristol Women’s Voice look forward to continuing to work towards Bristol becoming a Zero Tolerance City and making sure that everyone can feel safe and empowered in their work and life.