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Together Housing joins national campaign to tackle domestic abuse

Together Housing joins national campaign to tackle domestic abuse

Together Housing has signed up to a new national campaign to help tackle domestic abuse in communities across Yorkshire and Lancashire.

The Make a Stand campaign centres around a pledge which has been developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing in partnership with Women’s Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA).

The commitment from Together Housing comes at a time when police forces across the UK are urging football fans not to lose it all for football as they have seen spikes in domestic abuse during major sporting events such as the World Cup when emotions run high and alcohol consumption increases.

Sue Lewis, Head of Supported Housing at Together Housing Group, said: “As a housing provider, our frontline staff are ideally placed to spot and respond to domestic abuse.

“Access to safe housing is often a major influence on whether victims choose to stay or leave an abusive relationship and as such we can play a key role in helping people move on from abuse. 

“We are committed to supporting our customers and staff who are experiencing domestic abuse by raising awareness of the help available and giving victims the confidence and support to come forward.”

Alison Inman, CIH president, said: “I’m thrilled that Together Housing has signed the Make a Stand pledge as this could make a very real difference in local communities.

“Domestic abuse is one of the biggest problems we face today. Millions of people are affected and two women a week are being killed by their partner or ex-partner.

“Housing organisations house and employ millions of people and it is our duty to do more to tackle this issue. These are our homes, our people and this is our problem.

“By signing the Make a Stand pledge Together Housing has committed to supporting people in its communities and it is no exaggeration to say that this could save a life.”

Kelly Henderson, co-founder of DAHA, said: “We are very proud to be part of this pledge and commend Together Housing for signing up. We know the housing sector plays a crucial role in recognising and responding to domestic abuse and this pledge is a really easy way to not only demonstrate commitment but also take the first practical steps to improving the response for both staff and residents.”

Katie Ghose, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: “For thousands of women and children across the country, their home is the most dangerous place they can be.

“By signing up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Make a Stand pledge, Together Housing has sent out a powerful message to survivors of domestic abuse that they are not alone and that there is help and support available to them.”

Make a Stand was launched as part of CIH president Alison Inman’s presidential appeal and Jim Strang has already agreed to continue to support the same cause when he takes the helm in September.

Organisations can sign the Make a Stand pledge on CIH’s website and receive a support pack and other information to help them put the commitments in the pledge in place.

The four commitments are:

  • To put in place and embed a policy to support residents who are experiencing domestic abuse
  • To make information about national and local domestic abuse support services available on your website and in other places which are easily accessible to residents and staff
  • To put in place a HR policy and procedure on domestic abuse, or to incorporate this into an existing policy, to support members of staff who are experiencing domestic abuse
  • Appoint a champion in your organisation to own the activity you are doing to support people experiencing domestic abuse.

For more information visit cih.org/makeastand

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