If you or your family are in immediate danger, or if you have sustained physical injuries, call the police and emergency services on 999.

Friends & Family Campaign

Friends & Family Campaign

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As part of the Zero Tolerance  initiative, launched by Bristol Women’s Voice who chair the Mayor’s Women’s Commission, Bristol City Council have been campaigning to raise awareness of domestic abuse amongst friends and family members.

A number of recent serious case reviews showed that victims weren’t known to services but friends and family knew exactly what was going on.

This campaign has been launched in response to this and is designed to raise awareness with friends and family about how to spot the signs of domestic violence and abuse, how to report it anonymously, and what will happen if you do.

40 individual stencils  in vibrant purple and neon orange appeared city wide from 16th November to 4th December 2015 asking the public

  • Is your daughter being controlled?
  • Is there something going on next door?
  • Is your colleague walking on eggshells?

The stencils provided the Crime Stoppers telephone number for advice along with the Zero Tolerance website details – There is also a free advice and guidance pack below for friend and family of those experiencing abuse DVA Friends and Family Booklet

Key messages for this  campaign are

  • Domestic abuse is not a private matter
  • You can report the signs to Crimestoppers anonymously
  • Don’t ignore a gut feeling or small signs – it could mean everything / your concerns are valid
  • Abusing, controlling and coercing someone is harmful and will be taken seriously by the police and other agencies
  • Services are well equipped to keep your loved on safe while dealing with the abusive person
  • Bristol is a Zero Tolerance City for gender-based violence, which includes domestic abuse against women and men.
  • Bristol has an excellent reputation for tackling domestic abuse and this new campaign focusing on friends and family shows how we’re looking at the issue from every angle.

Have you seen these around the city? If so, what did you think? Please get in touch with us at bava@bristol.gov.uk