Bristol Zero Tolerance hold various events about the initiative to raise awareness and encourage individuals and organisations to get involved.
Friday, 11th November 2016 at The Station in Bristol
Bristol Zero Tolerance and The Hollie Gazzard Trust ran the BEHIND CLOSED DOORS conference raising awareness of the impact of domestic abuse and stalking on the workplace and helping employers to provide appropriate support to their staff.
Key speakers: Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens; Superintendent Andy Bennett, Avon and Somerset Police; Shonagh Dillon, Paladin; Nicki Norman, Women’s Aid; and Nick Gazzard, The Hollie Gazzard Trust.
There was also a theatre piece from Alter Ego Creative Solutions of ‘Behind Closed Doors’ a hard-hitting applied theatre production that was developed in association with The City of London Police to raise awareness of the issues surrounding domestic abuse and violence.
Who was the conference for?
The conference was for employers, front line staff, agencies, CPS, Court staff, HR professionals and managers and was aimed at highlighting an employer’s duty of care to their staff in relation to domestic abuse and stalking and their legal liabilities. It outlined how certain types of abuse can escalate and how this can take place either within the workplace or directly outside it. It also outlined how staff, management and businesses can be ready to identify staff who are subjected to abuse or stalking, to be able to handle domestic abuse and stalking and signpost staff to the correct organisation.
This was part of the Bristol Zero Tolerance initiative and was also an opportunity for businesses to find out how they can sign up to the Zero Tolerance Pledge and take action on this as well as access the Women’s Aid ‘Domestic Abuse: It’s Your Business’ training which is available to organisations and businesses in Bristol as part of the initiative.
Why was the conference needed?
In England and Wales domestic abuse costs £1.9billion a year in lost economic output. This is due to decreased productivity, administration difficulties from unplanned time off, lost wages and sick pay. Domestic abuse may threaten workers’ safety and can impact negatively on employee’s health and wellbeing. It can impact on staff morale as well as organisational image and reputation.
With research showing that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime, it is likely that all workplaces have staff that have or are experiencing abuse as well those who are perpetrators. Developing an effective workplace policy is essential. Very few businesses have a domestic abuse policy in place and even less have a stalking policy.
By working with businesses and raising awareness in the workplace this conference aimed to reach a large number of people across Bristol and the region increasing awareness and understanding of domestic violence and stalking and addressing this important issue. This is part of the wider aim of Bristol Zero Tolerance to create a Zero Tolerance attitude to all forms of gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation.
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 at The Station in Bristol
Bristol Zero Tolerance and Bristol Women’s Voice held an evening of film, photography and discussion exploring the subject of gender-based violence, focussing on what can be done to combat this kind of discrimination in Bristol.
The Film Fest Brought together a range of short films made both locally and nationally, to explore the different forms and consequences of gender-based violence, and invite people to consider some of the social, emotional and cultural effects of gender-based violence in Bristol.
Following the screening of Sin by Silence, a panel of high-profile speakers from across the city, Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, Dr Finn Mackay, Dr Geetanjali Gangoli, and Faiza Malik-Cheema and Linda Mellows from Next Link, brought a range of perspectives to the post-film discussion.
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About the film
Sin by Silence (USA, 2009)
Inside the California Institution for Women, the first inmate initiated and led group in U.S. prison history, shatters the misconceptions of domestic violence. Convicted Women Against Abuse (CWAA) was created in 1989 to help women inside prison break the silence about abuse and learn more about what they needed to do to help others stop the cycle of violence.
Instead of fighting a system that does not fully comprehend the complexities of abuse, the women of CWAA led an initiative to help educate the system. Through careful orchestration of letter writing campaigns, media coverage, and senate hearings a movement was born and laws for battered women were changed. And for the founder of CWAA, the flicker of hope begins to grow as her possible freedom, after 26 years in prison, lies moments away.
Watch the trailer here: http://
On Tursday June 16th 2016 we held an event in partnership with Bristol Disability Equality Forum inviting Disabled people and allies in Bristol to come and talk about Bristol becoming a city with a Zero Tolerance attitude to:
We asked: What would this mean to you and what needs to change in Bristol for this to happen?
We heard from Disabled people and allies who told us what is most important to them and how to improve local services.
You can also download the flyer here.
We held an event on Thursday November 26th 12.30-2.30pm in central Bristol.
This was an opportunity for women to come together to discuss what Bristol becoming a city with a Zero Tolerance to gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation would mean to them and what needs to happen for this to become a reality.
It was great to hear from a diverse group of women who had some brilliant ideas for action which we will use to inform the initiative.
We also work in partnership with other organisations who provide training on gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation to make this available to those who sign up to the Bristol Zero Tolerance pledge as part of implementing their action plan.