Gender-based violence, and particularly domestic violence and abuse, is one of the main reasons residents move home and is often why new tenants are looking for housing. United Communities work closely with Next Link and other local refuges to ensure those fleeing domestic violence are supported by the organisation and feel safe and secure in their new home.
Through the partnership with Bristol Zero Tolerance we hope to enhance the support we give tenants and also extend our awareness to staff and the communities we work with. Signing the pledge isn’t just a statement for the organisation, we have already started to put practical actions in place to raise awareness amongst staff, residents and partners – a Zero Tolerance Champion has been appointed, there has been training for staff, a policy review is taking place and signposting has been made available to staff and tenants.
Head of Housing, David Bull spoke to Bristol Zero Tolerance Partnership Project Officer Charlotte Gage about what it mean to us and why we feel it is important.
Penny Gane, Chair of the Bristol Women’s Commission on behalf of Bristol Zero Tolerance said: We are delighted that United Communities are leading the way for their sector as the first housing association to sign up to Bristol Zero Tolerance. We hope this will encourage other businesses in the city to get involved and promote the positive impact Zero Tolerance can have on their own staff, the company and the city; a city working to eliminate all forms of gender based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation. We look forward to working with our new partners to implement Bristol Zero Tolerance in the most appropriate way within their workplace and to ensuring that gender-based violence is understood as a workplace issue so that people can get the support they need as well as become active citizens to change attitudes and behaviours.
To read the full interview with Head of Housing David Bull go to the Bristol Zero Tolerance website here
Bristol Zero Tolerance also provide a really useful and extensive Help and Advice booklet you can find that here