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PRESS RELEASE: Bristol UNISON Branch supports local Zero Tolerance campaign

The Bristol Branch of UNISON has today announced that they are donating £2,000 to the Bristol Zero Tolerance Summer Appeal. The Branch Secretary, Jane Carter, said that: “The Bristol Zero Tolerance initiative is something our branch has supported for a long time and when we heard that their funding had been cut we were really…
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Bristol Zero Tolerance response to consultation on support for victims of domestic abuse in safe accommodation

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) launched a consultation in May 2019 about support for victims of domestic abuse in safe accommodation. Bristol Zero Tolerance’s response to the consultation is below.  Introduction We welcome the consultation and agree with the need to ensure that provision of services are consistent nationally and that…
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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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No Woman Turned Away Project: Domestic Abuse and Homelessness

Research in 2014 found that 61% of women and 16% of men who were homeless had experienced violence or abuse from a partner, whilst one in five women experiencing or having experienced extensive physical and sexual violence reported having been homeless at some point in their lives. To prevent and end homelessness as a result…
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The Silent Solution System: Press 55 to Silently Access Police

In April, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), with support from the family of murder victim Kerry Power, Women’s Aid, and the National Police Chiefs’ Council, launched the ‘Make Yourself Heard’ campaign during National Stalking Awareness Week. A 999 call to the police can be a matter of life or death, and yet for…
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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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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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Survivors of sexual violence are being denied support: Tell Theresa May this must end now

By Fern Champion, EVAW Campaigner **This piece contains references to content that some readers may find upsetting or triggering** In 2016 I was raped by a man while I was travelling. I was unconscious when he first assaulted me and when I was conscious, I said no repeatedly. He then told me again and again…
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