Frequently asked questions

Where can I go for help?

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, or if you have sustained physical injuries, call the police and emergency services on 999. If it is not an emergency contact your local police by calling 101. If you do not want to speak to the police, please contact a specialist agency who can offer practical help and support.

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What is gender-based violence?

Bristol Zero Tolerance understands gender-based violence to be related to social expectations and positions based on real or perceived gender (whether male, female or non-binary) and as an expression of power inequalities. Therefore anyone can be the victim of gender-based violence if they transgress normative gender role expectations, however, we know that the majority of persons affected by gender-based violence are women and girls as a result of unequal distribution of power in society between women and men.

Gender-based violence includes domestic and sexual violence and abuse of adults and children, sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, ‘honour’ based violence, sexual harassment and hate crime.

What is abuse?

Bristol Zero Tolerance use the cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse to define abuse as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse which can encompass, but is not limited to, psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional violence and abuse.

What is controlling behaviour?

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

What is coercive behaviour?

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. This definition includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

What is harassment?

Bristol Zero Tolerance understands gender-based harassment as unwanted comments, gestures, and actions forced on a stranger in a public place without their consent and directed at them because of their real or perceived gender (whether male, female or non-binary). At the core of this kind of harassment is a power dynamic that constantly reminds historically subordinated groups of their vulnerability to violence in public spaces and also reinforces the sexual objectification of these groups in everyday life.

Street harassment includes unwanted whistling, leering, sexist, homophobic, biphobic or transphobic slurs, persistent requests for someone’s name, number or destination after they’ve said no, sexual names, comments and demands, following, flashing, public masturbation, groping, sexual assault, rape and hate crimes.

What is exploitation?

Bristol Zero Tolerance understands exploitation to be the abuse of a person where some form of remuneration is involved or whereby the perpetrators benefit in some manner – monetarily, socially, politically, etc. – and covers situations of manipulation, misuse, abuse, victimization, oppression or ill-treatment. Exploitation constitutes a form of coercion and violence, detrimental to the person’s physical and mental health and can include sexual or economic exploitation.

Sexual exploitation is the abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust for sexual purposes; this includes profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the exploitation of another as well as personal sexual gratification. It also includes child sexual exploitation.

Economic exploitation is the use of the person in work or other activities for the benefit of others. Economic exploitation implies the idea of a certain gain or profit through the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. This material interest has an impact on the economy of a certain group, for example the State, the community or the family.

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