John Healey has urged all housing providers to sign up to the Make a Stand campaign.
In comments exclusively for 24housing, the Shadow Housing Secretary said he was “pleased” to support the work both the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and Make a Stand campaign are doing to help tackle domestic abuse.
Over 200 housing providers have signed up to the Make a Stand pledge, launched by CIH, Women’s Aid and DAHA.
It calls on housing to take on four key pledges that will help tackle domestic abuse in social housing.
The Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance is a partnership based on improving the sector’s response to domestic abuse.
The partnership, formed by Gentoo, Peabody and Standing Together, look to adopt a set of standards and accreditation process that they created, delivering training around the country.
Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP said: “The housing sector already does a vital job supporting victims of domestic abuse, and it has the capacity and sense of social mission to take a nationwide leadership role in showing what needs to be done.
“I’m pleased to support the Chartered Institute of Housing’s ‘Make a Stand’ campaign, and the work that the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance is doing, to help housing providers step up to support those who have suffered from domestic abuse.
“I hope all providers will consider signing up.”
CIH president Alison Inman said: “It’s brilliant to see politicians like John Healey backing Make a Stand and recognising the role that the housing sector can play in tackling domestic abuse.
“More than 210 organisations have signed up to the campaign in just two months, which means that millions of people in communities across the UK will be able to access more support and have more protection from domestic abuse.
“We’d love organisations who haven’t signed up yet to consider joining us and making their stand against domestic abuse.
“If we could get full coverage that would be amazing and I think that is a realistic goal.”
Kelly Henderson and Gudrun Burnet, co-founders at DAHA, said: “We’re delighted the role of housing providers in recognising and responding to domestic abuse is catching the attention of politicians, policy makers and is sited in the National Violence Against Women and Girl’s Strategy as best practice.
“We continue to work tirelessly to raise awareness of the issue across the sector and beyond and it’s fantastic for John Healey to recognise what we’re doing at DAHA.
“We are overwhelmed by the sector response to the Make a Stand Pledge which focusses on four parts of the full DAHA accreditation – with two women a week dying at the hands of partners and ex-partners we can and must make a real difference.”