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Requests for emergency contraception could be an important sign of abuse

Issued by the Public Relations Office, Communications & Marketing Services, University of Bristol Women who experience domestic violence and abuse (DVA) are more than twice as likely to seek emergency contraception as other women, according to a study by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)-funded researchers at the University of Bristol and Queen Mary University…
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16 Days of Activism – ‘If we all work together it will make a difference’

By Medina Johnson, IRISi As we mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Gender-Based Violence it’s timely to reflect on the importance of the healthcare response to gender-based violence. IRISi’s vision is a world in which gender-based violence is consistently recognised and addressed as a health issue. “Violence against women is a global…
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New psychological intervention proves ‘life-changing’ for women experiencing domestic abuse

Training domestic violence and abuse (DVA) advocates to deliver psychological support to women experiencing DVA could significantly improve the health of those affected. In a randomised controlled trial led by researchers from the University of Bristol, women who received the intervention showed reduced symptoms of psychological distress, depression and post-traumatic stress compared to those who…
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16 Days of Activism 2018 – Ending Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work

One of the key themes for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence this year is ending gender-based violence in the world of work. We have looked before at why gender-based violence is a workplace issue so find out how you can get involved! Employers across the South West urged to mark 16 Days…
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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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Understanding Victims of Revenge Porn

By Rebecca Sharp What thoughts come to mind when someone mentions the words ‘revenge porn’? In our experience, statements like “they shouldn’t have taken the picture in the first place”, “it’ll never happen to me” or “they should just be proud of their body” come to mind for many. Unfortunately, those two small words, ‘revenge’…
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United Communities declare a Zero Tolerance to gender-based violence

United Communities are the first housing association to sign up to Bristol Zero Tolerance and they clearly understand the impact that gender-based violence has on both their residents and staff. Head of Housing, David Bull, talks to us about why the organisation is getting involved and what they are doing to raise the issue more…
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UNISON South West supporting action on gender-based violence

By Vicky Boroughs, Regional Women’s and Equalities Officer On 2 December 2016 Joanne Kaye, UNISON Regional Secretary,  signed the Bristol Zero Tolerance pledge in the presence of a number of members from different Bristol branches and other UNISON staff. Thangham Debonaire MP was a guest speaker offering her passionate support for the Zero Tolerance initiative…
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Avon and Somerset Police – supporting a Zero Tolerance to gender-based violence

We met Superintendent Andy Bennett to find out what Avon and Somerset Police are doing to address different forms of gender-based violence and what they want to do to develop and improve this work as part of Bristol Zero Tolerance. As Head of Criminal Justice for Avon and Somerset Police and also the Force Lead…
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Including same sex victims and survivors

By Emily Moreton When we think of domestic violence and abuse, we usually think of women being abused by their male partners. It’s what we mostly see: on TV, in the news, in books and research, which makes sense, since the majority of victims and survivors of gender-based violence are women abused by men. It’s not the…
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