Share your views on making Bristol safer

Share your views on making Bristol safer

Bristol City Council has £2.18m of funding to spend on life-saving domestic abuse and sexual violence services in a bid to make the city safer for everyone.

13 December 2021

After securing additional funding as a result of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 earlier in the year, the local authority is asking people in Bristol how they want to see the money spent.

Bristol residents, and in particular survivors of abuse and specialist service providers, are being asked how the money should be spent to improve domestic abuse and sexual violence support.

The consultation survey is open now closing Sunday 23 January 2022.

Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Children's Services, Education and Equalities, said: “We have made a commitment to residents that we will work to make Bristol a city free from domestic abuse and gender inequality by 2050. To achieve this, we have to take a collective, community-led approach to tackling it.

“These are crimes that devastate the lives of individuals as well as families. We want to deliver long-lasting solutions, so that victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse feel supported, safe, and empowered to move forward and build new lives. Everyone’s voice is important, and we will listen to what you have to say.”

Councillor Helen Holland, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Adult Social Care and Integrated Care Systems, and Co-Chair of the Domestic Abuse commission, said: “The core aim of the Mayoral Commission on domestic abuse is to work relentlessly to eliminate sexual violence and abuse in every corner of our city. We are committed to supporting survivors to feel safe, to recover, and to thrive. We hope that this consultation brings us one step closer to achieving this goal, and ensuring our city is a safer place to live, work, study and visit.”

One of the proposals in the draft commissioning strategy is to have prevention and recovery projects within communities to begin that work in every corner of Bristol.

The proposals also include changes to accommodation-based support and joint commissioning of other sexual violence and domestic abuse services.

Find more information on the domestic abuse and sexual violence services consultation and take part in the survey.

If you, or somebody you know is a victim of domestic abuse and sexual violence, please report it through one of the services listed on our local authority website.

You can also find more information on the domestic and sexual violence support services available in Bristol on the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership website.

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