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Coercive Control is everywhere: We need to learn where to look

By Min Grob **This piece contains references to content that some readers may find upsetting or triggering** Coercive control is complex. Of course it is. Abusers want to abuse and they don’t want to be caught doing it. Much of the abuse will be bespoke to the victim. The abuser knows the victim, their back story…
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Local survivors of sexual violence face barriers to accessing support

A pioneering sexual violence needs assessment for Avon and Somerset has brought to light the experiences of a range of survivors in the area, many of whom did not receive appropriate therapeutic support to address the trauma they experienced. Nationally, 3.1% of women and 0.8% of men are estimated to have experienced sexual violence in…
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Changing the culture in universities: One year on

Universities UK have published a report, based on research by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, on the way gender-based violence and harassment is dealt with on UK university campuses. Though the research, which surveyed twenty institutions, suggests progress has been made in the last year, practice and process are still highly variable in quality between institutions. Specific…
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To The Moon sign up to Bristol Zero Tolerance

Since opening, To The Moon has been a welcoming and safe space for all members of the community so signing up to Bristol Zero Tolerance has felt like a natural extension to that. We have always enjoyed the range of events that we have been involved with and have hosted many LGBT community events from socials, to club nights,…
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Why do we need Situational Awareness training?

By Imogen Thomas **This piece contains references to content that some readers may find upsetting or triggering** A lot of people who end up training situational awareness come from one of either of these backgrounds. Either you took up self-defence because you were police or military based or maybe martial arts, and then got to…
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Presentation at Police Conference: Launch of Gender as a Hate Crime. October 2017

By China Fish  **This piece contains references to content that some readers may find upsetting or triggering** “Corrr your saddle´s well lucky. Your saddle´s well fucking lucky.” My mother reminded me of a performance I did in response to this harassment I had whilst cycling on my bicycle as an undergraduate 10 years ago. My…
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How important are informal supporters of women experiencing domestic violence?

By Dr Alison Gregory “How important are informal supporters of women experiencing domestic violence?”: “Very” – a simple answer to a complicated question. The bottom line, in terms of statistics, is that if survivors disclose their situation to anyone, it will most likely be to informal supporters (friends, relatives, neighbours and colleagues) rather than professionals.…
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Using music to challenge gender-based harassment: Hack A Heckle

By Hack A Heckle Hack A heckle is a social action campaign run by a collective of musicians, creatives and activists aged 18-25 who are passionate about using the power of music to challenge gender-based harassment in Bristol and the UK. We believe music can be used as a powerful tool to spread important messages, so we…
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Dentists and Domestic Violence – Checking Up on a Vital Opportunity

By Ruth Cook Bristol Zero Tolerance is currently undertaking a vital project to involve local dental practices in identifying signs of domestic violence and abuse in their patients. The project aims to equip practices with the information and resources necessary for them to help patients who may not be able to report problems to the…
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How should journalists report gender-based violence?

  Gender-based violence is often in the news. Its prevalence in society makes it a ‘hot topic’ for reporters and its complex nature makes it an interesting issue for feature writers. However, the fact that gender-based violence is so complex can mean that even journalists with the best of intentions can misrepresent some of the issues and perpetuate…
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