Women's Safety Task Group
Chaired by BWC Vice Chair Anna Smith, the Women’s Safety task group comprises members from the local authorities, including Avon and Somerset Police, and charities supporting women in the city. It identifies issues around safety on public transport, domestic homicide rates and problems around Sexual Entertainment Venues in Bristol – raising these with the relevant authorities and pushing for action.
The Women’s Safety task group has a wide remit, covering research into domestic homicides to ascertain why rates are high in Bristol and drawing attention to victim blaming in domestic homicide reviews as well as actively campaign to remove SEVs and collect data to help address safety concerns on public transport.
It also contributes to the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which in 2020 saw video messages from city leaders – including Avon and Somerset Police Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, some of the city’s MPs and academics discussing a range of areas from domestic abuse and bystander intervention to perpetrator programmes and sexual abuse of older people and women with disabilities. You can see an overview of the campaign here, or watch the videos below…