Over 100 organisations sign CIH pledge on domestic abuse
A new pledge to tackle domestic abuse in housing has been signed by more than 100 organisations in its first two weeks, including more than half a dozen Scottish housing organisations and councils.
The Make a Stand pledge was developed by CIH in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and Women’s Aid as part of Alison Inman’s presidential appeal and launched at the end of May.
The organisations which have signed up to put in place four actions to support people who are experiencing domestic abuse who live and work in social housing, collectively own and manage 1.2 million homes – around 25% of all social housing in the UK.
In Scotland, they include Ark Housing Association, Aspire Housing, Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership, Parkhead Housing Association, Queens Cross Housing Association and Viewpoint Housing Association.
Fife Council and West Dunbartonshire Council have also signed up to the pledge.
Alison Inman, CIH president, said: “We are simply amazed by the response of the UK housing sector to our Make a Stand campaign.
“We wanted this pledge to be the start of a commitment by our sector to do much more to protect the many millions of people across the UK who experience domestic abuse every year and we’re so pleased organisations have welcomed it with open arms.
“By signing up to put in place the four focused actions in the pledge, the organisations that have joined us have made a very real difference and will help people who are experiencing domestic abuse to come forward and get support.
“To have done this across a quarter of social housing in the UK in our first two weeks is phenomenal and a testament to the determination of the housing sector to do more on this issue.
“We’re so encouraged to see so many organisations take this up and hope that many more will join us.”
Make a Stand was launched as part of 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.
Organisations can sign the Make a Stand pledge on CIH’s website and then receive a support pack and other information to help them put the commitments in the pledge in place.