We are proud to announce we have joined a national campaign to tackle domestic abuse.
The Make a Stand pledge is an initiative launched from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), in partnership with Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance and Women’s Aid.
We have agreed to promise to complete four commitments before September 2019 to help people experiencing domestic abuse.
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 CHP’s 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 the organisation to support people experiencing domestic abuse.
Kay Caldwell, our Director of Housing said: “We’re really pleased to support this fantastic initiative to tackle domestic violence. Domestic abuse related crime accounts for 1 in 10 crimes in Essex, and we are committed to taking practical steps to recognising and responding to domestic abuse.
“We know domestic abuse is present in all part of society, which is why it’s important we send a clear message to anyone, including people we may know affected by domestic violence, that help and support is available to them.”
Alison Inman, the present of the Chartered Institute of Housing said: I’m thrilled that CHP has signed the Make a Stand pledge as this could make a very real difference in local communities. Domestic abuse is one of the biggest problems we face today. Millions of people are affected and two women a week are being killed by their partner or ex-partner.
“Housing organisations house and employ millions of people and it is our duty to do more to tackle this issue. These are our homes, our people and this is our problem. By signing the Make a Stand pledge CHP has committed to supporting people in its communities and it is no exaggeration to say that this could save a life.”
The Make a Stand initiative was launched as part of CIH president Alison Inman’s presidential appeal and Jim Strang has already agreed to continue to support the same cause when he takes the helm in September.