Cottsway Housing has confirmed it is the latest to sign up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) Make a Stand pledge, to support people in the community who experience domestic abuse.
Centered around a pledge developed by CIH in partnership with Women’s Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA), Cottsway Housing now joins more than 300 housing organisations who have signed up to the campaign.
Providing affordable housing for more than 10,000 people across West Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds, Wiltshire and Worcestershire, Cottsway has since designated four of its staff members as ‘Domestic Abuse Champions’ to act as the ‘go-to’ people for advice and support.
Front-line staff have also been trained to provide support if a customer discloses domestic abuse to them.
Wendy Hardy, Cottsway’s Head of Housing and one of its Domestic Abuse Champions said: “No-one should suffer abuse, or the threat of abuse.
“The housing sector plays a key role in recognising and responding to domestic abuse, and I’m very proud that Cottsway is supporting the Make a Stand initiative.
“Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, at any time. The person causing the harm may be a stranger, but often, it is someone known to the victim.
“I would like to assure people that everyone at Cottsway will do everything we can to help our customers who may be affected by domestic abuse.”