Make a Stand was launched in June 2018 as part of then CIH president Alison Inman’s presidential appeal to tackle domestic abuse. It centres around a pledge developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and CIH presidential charity Women’s Aid.
Millions of people experience domestic abuse every year and two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week. Housing organisations house and employ millions of people across the UK and that means we house and employ many thousands of people affected by domestic abuse.
We believe that the housing sector must do more on this issue. In the words of Alison Inman, these are “our homes, our people and this is our problem”.
The pledge gives housing organisations the opportunity to sign up to make four focused, but easily deliverable commitments to provide support for people experiencing domestic abuse.
Radcliffe Housing has signed up to the pledge and has implemented the following:
- Put in place and embedded a policy to support tenants who are effected by domestic abuse;
- Made information about national and local domestic abuse support service available on our website and other appropriate places so that they are easily accessible for tenants and staff;
- Put in place a HR policy to support members of staff who may be experiencing domestic abuse;
- Appointed a champion at senior level who owns the activity we are doing to support people experiencing domestic abuse.
Are you experiencing domestic violence?
Do you know of someone who is experiencing abuse and may need help and support?
The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.
Freephone Helpline: 0808 2000 247