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Category: Guest blog

New Adverse Childhood Experiences Health Integration Team

Local partners in Bristol have been working together to develop a local approach to preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and to mitigate their immediate and long term impacts. They have been successful in gaining support from Bristol Health Partners to establish an ACE Health Integration Team (HIT) to aid this collaboration. More about the ACE…
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Inhumane, ineffective, indefinite: Life for vulnerable women inside Britain’s detention centres

By Lubnaa Joomun for the UK’s Immigration Advice Service, an organisation of immigration lawyers which offers legal aid support for asylum-seekers, detainees, sex trafficking survivors and victims of domestic abuse.   Among the 2,000 women seeking asylum in the UK who are detained every year, between 77% and 85% are victims of gender-based violence. This…
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Der Liebe sign up to Bristol Zero Tolerance at their Ejeca night

By Irene Campos, Owner and Resident DJ I started to run Der Liebe nearly 2 years ago driven by the need to bring melodic techno and house to Bristol. I particularly started to like this music genre whilst I was living in London and felt that there was a gap in the market in Bristol,…
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Day of Memory for Victims of ‘Honour-Based’ Violence

By Jasmine Freeman The 14th July 2019 marks the 5th day of memory remembering those who lost their lives to ‘honour’ killings. What is ‘honour-based’ violence? There’s no statutory definition of ‘honour-based’ or so called ‘honour’ based violence. However, the Crown Prosecution Service and Home Office adopt the following definition: “‘Honour-based’ violence is a crime…
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Domestic Abuse Bill Does Not Go Far Enough to Protect Migrant Women

By Bethany Morris, a content writer for the Immigration Advice Service; an organisation of leading immigration solicitors. @IASImmigration In January 2019, the UK Government published the draft Domestic Abuse Bill in attempt to tackle the crisis of gender-based violence, which according to the National Crime Survey for England and Wales, increased by 23% between 2017…
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We Sing in Fire and Blood: A Virtual Reality Opera

By BWV Community Reporter Suzi Bratt I recently had my first ever virtual reality experience, in an arcade in Cabot Circus. Whilst I enjoyed soaring above the city on a simulated rollercoaster and being jumped at by creepy characters on a ghost train, it was refreshing to see VR being used for a less commercial…
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How can we all play a part in making the Bristol and Bath Railway Path a place for everyone?

By James Cleeton, Sustrans South  In January 2019 I wrote a blog where I considered the cycling gender gap of two men cycling to every woman, and how men could help close the gap by changing their or our cycling behaviour. But it is clear that there is more to it than that. I live…
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Bristol Zero Tolerance Panel: Taking Action on Gender-Based Violence in Bristol

By Laura Hillier, BWV Reporter As part of Bristol Women’s Voice’s International Women’s Day event, a panel of local and national experts came together to discuss taking action on gender-based violence in Bristol. The panel was chaired by Charlotte Gage, the Bristol Zero Tolerance Partnership Projects Officer. The panel members included: Claire Bloor – CEO…
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Preventing Sexual Harassment and Abuse at the University of the West of England

By Dr Jane Meyrick How are we taking a ‘whole university’ approach to sexual violence and abuse at the University of the West of England (UWE) through prevention, support, and intervention? We (myself, Prof Kieran McCartan, Dr Zoe Thomas) have worked across the University and local community agencies, keeping student and victim/survivors voice central through…
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“I will do everything within my power to safeguard or prevent the abuse of a child” – CSE Prevention Officer and Coordinator Androulla Nicolaou talks about her role

By Androulla Nicolaou I am originally from Cyprus and I served as a Sergeant in the Cyprus Armed Forces from 1991 to 2000. I moved to Bristol in 2003. People that know me say I am loud, crazy, sociable and will fight my corner for the wellbeing of the children. I joined Avon and Somerset Police…
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