A year on from the launch of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Make a Stand campaign, its success has defied the sector.
In partnership with Women’s Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance, the campaign sets to tackle domestic abuse on housing, asking organisations to make four commitments to support residents and staff experiencing domestic abuse.
John Green, CEO of Shropshire Rural Housing Association, which recently signed the pledge, said that for them, signing up to Make a Stand was firstly about making a very clear statement that domestic abuse will not be tolerated.
“More importantly however, it is about putting that statement into action, through embedding a supportive culture that serves to identify and respond to instances of domestic abuse, and undertaking some very practical measures around awareness, training, advice and partnerships with specialist services”, he said.
“We signed up because we believe it is our responsibility to do what we can to tackle domestic abuse.
“Make a Stand has provided the focus for us to join our colleagues in the sector in ensuring we all acknowledge that responsibility.”
Homes in Sedgemoor were said to be the first organisation to sign up to the pledge a year ago.
“A commitment to highlight the issues surrounding domestic abuse in all its forms has led us to work with our response repairs contractor MD Building to introduce the supporters’ pledge, which allows suppliers and contractors to demonstrate their commitment too.
“Within our organisation we continue to work with White Ribbon to raise awareness in the workplace and are also seeking DAHA accreditation later this year”, said the groups neighbourhood officer, Cyan Matthews.
On the milestone, CIH president Jim Strang addressed all organisations to have joined.
“You are already making a huge difference to the lives of thousands; to those still to do so, come and join us and together we’ll help end the scourge of domestic abuse in our society. Your organisations can do wonderful things – let ending domestic abuse be one of them”, he said.
Adina Claire, co-acting CEO of Women’s Aid, added: “By signing up to the Make a Stand pledge and putting its commitments into action, organisations can make a real difference to the lives of survivors.”