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Mayoral Manifesto 2016 - Violence Against Women

Bristol is a great city and it can be so much better!

The Green Mayor and Bristol’s Green Party Council candidates wish to see Bristol continue as the leading Green city in the UK with a clear vision of a more sustainable, better future. Our particular focus in 2016 is on Clean and Affordable Energy, A Decent Home for Everyone, 21st Century Education and Skills and Sustainable Transport and Clean Air.

Tony Dyer - Green Party candidate for mayor

 

Violence against women goes largely unreported and can take many forms, such as domestic violence, forced marriage, trafficking for sexual exploitation, prostitution and child abuse. (We note that both genders can suffer from domestic abuse, which is wider than just acts of violence). The Green Party supports the CPS Violence against Women and Girls Strategy. The Green Mayor will take an active and public stance against all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWAG). We applaud the work done by the current Police and Crime commissioner to combat violence against women.

Efficient and effective community engagement

The Green Mayor will continue funding of specialist co-ordination of Bristol’s VAWAG strategy and would work with other interested groups to improve local responses to violence against women and girls. The Green Mayor will work with the Police Commissioner and advocate an appropriate sharing of information between relevant bodies such as the local authority and the prosecuting authorities, so that those who are violent to women and abuse children are identified and dealt with.

Increased support for women who have suffered from violence

Women should be properly assisted through the local court process and in dealing with related issues such as housing and access to benefits. The Green Mayor will consider new approaches for tackling violence against women and will work with the Police Commissioner in addressing these issues. By analysing the results of prosecutions for violence against women, The Green Mayor will consider what appropriate local action plans can be developed.

Prostitution is an issue in some areas of Bristol and the Green Mayor will work with police, the CPS and other relevant parties on this subject. Many of those who sell themselves for sex are vulnerable, often addicted to drugs and controlled by others. The Green Mayor will ensure that these women have access to help and advice.

Support for disadvantaged women from minority communities

Women may experience gender based violence in the form of forced marriage and “honour” based violence. The Green Mayor would work with the prosecuting authorities and support groups in identifying these victims so that they can gain access to justice and protection from violence and abuse.

The Green Mayor will

  • support Bristol Women’s Commission Project for a Zero tolerance approach to violence against women and girls across Bristol and encourage all organisations in the city to sign up to the campaign.

  • continue support for the Bristol Idea project to ensure we have the right information available to children.

  • give women fleeing domestic abuse in refuges highest priority for council homes

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