On Sunday, to ensure that the failures faced by domestic violence survivor ‘Ms X’ were not swept under the carpet, The BRISTOLIAN emailed this message to all seventy Bristol City Councillors:
As you may be aware, on Friday The BRISTOLIAN newspaper reported on a survivor of brutal domestic abuse, ‘Ms X’, whom Bristol City Council has failed to rehouse per its statutory obligations.
We identified named individuals – Strategic Housing Director Nick Hooper, Rehousing Manager Paul Sylvester, and Mayor George Ferguson – who had each been sent extensive information pertaining to Ms X’s situation, yet had done nothing about it.
The precise circumstances of Ms X’s dire need for rehousing are detailed within correspondence to which those three individuals were party to.
We would ask that any councillors who consider the rehousing of vulnerable survivors of domestic violence to be important contact Mr Hooper, Mr Sylvester and Mr Ferguson directly, and demand to know what they are doing about this woman’s plight.
Furthermore, we wonder just how many other people at risk from extreme physical, sexual or emotional abuse have been similarly let down by Bristol City Council. Just what will it take – a beating, a rape or a murder – for anything to be done to protect all the Ms Xs out there in Bristol tonight, tomorrow night, and every night thereafter?
We urge all readers to do the same – by contacting Mayor George Ferguson, “right hand woman” Zoe Sear, Nick Hooper and Paul Sylvester and letting them know that you expect IMMEDIATE ACTION to ensure the safety of Ms X and her child.
- GEORGE FERGUSON (Mayor of Bristol) – twitter: @GeorgeFergusonx; email: email@example.com
- ZOE SEAR (Mayor’s Assistant) – twitter: @zoesear; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NICK HOOPER (Strategic Housing Service Director) – tel: 0117 922 4681; email: email@example.com
- PAUL SYLVESTER (Rehousing Manager) – tel: 0117 352 1601; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also consider letting your WARD COUNCILLORS know your concerns – you can find their contact details here.
Let each and every one of them, whether Labour, Lib Dem, Tory, Green or Independent, know that those who have suffered domestic violence should not have to put up with this kind of inhumane treatment from the council.