It’s taken just two weeks for the CIH Make a Stand pledge against domestic violence to have 100 organisations signed up – that equates to around a quarter of social housing in the UK.
CIH president Alison Inman says she’s ‘simply amazed’ by the response so far.
The Make a Stand pledge was developed by CIH in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and Women’s Aid as part of Inman’s presidential appeal and launched at the end of May.
The organisations which have signed up to put in place four actions to support people who are experiencing domestic abuse who live and work in social housing, collectively own and manage 1.2 million homes – around 25% of all social housing in the UK.
They include housing associations, local authorities and ALMOs.
“By signing up to put in place the four focused actions in the pledge, the organisations that have joined us have made a very real difference and will help people who are experiencing domestic abuse to come forward and get support.
“To have done this across a quarter of social housing in the UK in our first two weeks is phenomenal and a testament to the determination of the housing sector to do more on this issue,” Inman said.
Inman’s successor as presidential, Jim Strang, has already agreed to continue to support the same cause when he takes over in September.
Organisations can sign the Make a Stand pledge on CIH’s website and then 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.
Organisations have until September 2019, when Strang’s presidency comes to an end, to put the commitments in place.