Bristol Zero Tolerance Appeal: Frequently asked questions

What is the Bristol Zero Tolerance initiative?

The Bristol Zero Tolerance initiative is a project working to ensure Bristol becomes a city with a Zero Tolerance approach to gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation. It is coordinated by the charity Bristol Women’s Voice, and was initiated by the Bristol Women’s Commission.

The vision of the initiative is to create a city free from abuse and harassment, where everyone understands how to identify gender-based violence as well as the mechanisms to report it. Some of our activity over the past year includes:

  • Working with employers and organisations to identify and support those facing domestic violence and abuse
  • Helping employers to create safer spaces where gender-based violence is understood and help can be sought
  • Raising awareness of gender-based violence, helping people to intervene when witnessing unacceptable behaviours and seek appropriate support
  • Working with companies, such as First Bus and venues that open in the evening, to enable them to tackle violence and abuse in public spaces
  • Acting as a voice for gender-based violence services in the city

 

What has the Bristol Zero Tolerance initiative achieved?

Made Bristol’s streets safer

The Bristol Zero Tolerance initiative achieved a huge victory this year. In October the Avon and Somerset Police became just the third force in the country to officially recognise cat-calling, wolf-whistling and abusive remarks in the street as gender-based hate crimes.

This shift in legislation will have a massive and immediate impact on women’s lives. It sends a strong message that Bristol is a city where sexual harassment will not be tolerated.

Encouraged Bristol’s institutions to sign the Bristol Zero Tolerance Pledge

The Bristol Zero Tolerance initiative has partnered with over 100 organisations including the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Bristol City Council, PwC, Watershed and many, many more.

All of our partners have signed our pledge and committed to supporting Bristol Women’s Voice in tackling this issue. We have provided bespoke training for partners, and ensured they commit to:

  • raising awareness within their organisations
  • reviewing their policies and procedures
  • considering initiatives to improve staff safety and
  • creating safe spaces.

Raised awareness with the general public

The project has been widely featured in the national and local press, including The Bristol Post, and we have shared our campaigns though social media to encourage discussion and debate locally, nationally and internationally.

 

How will my donation help?

We understand that not all of our supporters can afford to give large donations so anything that you can give is gratefully received.

£10 could provide toolkits for people who experience or witness street harassment. This helps them to understand how to report it, and intervene safely.

£25 can enable our staff to work with an employer to develop an action plan to prevent harassment and abuse in the workplace. Partners are asked to take action in at least one of the following areas:

  • Training
  • Awareness raising
  • Review of policies and procedures
  • Initiatives e.g. improve staff safety
  • Creation of safe spaces

£55 could facilitate outreach to venues in the city to address sexual assault and harassment in the night time economy.

£95 can provide a high quality training workshop for a workplace in Bristol. Staff are taught how to identify harassment and abuse, how to prevent it and how to manage it.

 

I’m trying to make a donation online, but I’m having technical difficulties:

We’re sorry you’re having issues, please contact us on 0117 916 6555 and we will try to support you in making your donation online. Please note however, that our office is run on a part time basis so we may not respond immediately.

We are also able to accept cheques made out to Bristol Women’s Voice. These should be posted to our office address Brunswick Court, Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8PE.

 

Can I support the campaign with a larger donation, or suggest other funding possibilities?

We would love to discuss this with you. Please contact us at info@bristolwomensvoice.org.uk

 

What if I can’t afford to give a donation?

We completely understand that some people won’t be able to support us by giving a donation. If you feel strongly about this issue, we would just ask that you share the details of the appeal with your friends and family.

There are also many other ways you can be involved in the Bristol Zero Tolerance initiative detailed here.

 

What if Bristol Women’s Voice doesn’t receive enough money to continue the initiative?

We will continue the project for as long as possible with the funding available to us. But our hope is to continue to fight until Bristol is a city free from gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation.