River Clyde gives backing to Make a Stand

The partnered campaign encourages associations to commit to support people affected by domestic abuse.

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River Clyde Homes has confirmed it is the latest to sign up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Make a Stand pledge, to support people in the community who experience domestic abuse.

Centred around a pledge developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing, in partnership with Women’s Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA), River Clyde Homes now joins more than 300 housing organisations who have signed up to the campaign.

As reported by 24housing, the campaign celebrated its first birthday earlier this month.

Commenting on the news, Elaine Cannon, service improvement manger, Central Team, said: “As a large housing association, and a major employer, we are in a unique position to be able to identify the signs of abuse.

“By signing up to the pledge, we are recognising the critical need to develop policies that will help support not only those who live in our homes, but also our employees.”

“We will also have committed ‘champions’ throughout the organisation, who will be trained and be able to provide confidential guidance to any staff who may themselves be affected by domestic abuse.”

Working in partnership with Inverclyde Women’s Aid, said to provide practical and emotional support to women who experience domestic abuse, River Clyde Homes will publicise on their website and in communal areas information on local and national domestic abuse support services for both customers and staff.

Marilyn Beveridge, vice-chair of the River Clyde Homes board added: “I am extremely proud that River Clyde Homes has committed to this pledge.

“Millions of people experience domestic abuse every year, with more than two women killed by their partner, or ex-partner, every week in the UK.

“As a housing association, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting those who experience domestic abuse and by providing practical support through embedding a policy to support residents, demonstrates our commitment to improving lives and places.”

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