Housing for Women, the independent housing association and charity, has today announced it has signed up to a new national campaign to tackle domestic abuse in its communities across London.
The Make a Stand campaign centres around a pledge which has been developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing in partnership with Women’s Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA).
It consists of four commitments which housing organisations can make to support people that live and work in housing who are experiencing domestic abuse.
Commenting on the news, Zaiba Qureshi, Chief Executive of Housing for Women said: “As a housing association and a charity that supports women and children escaping domestic abuse, we have seen first-hand the scale of women affected, and the crucial role that housing plays in helping survivors access safety. We believe that the housing sector can, and must do more.
We are proud to support this campaign and stand alongside so many other housing associations doing the same. Tackling domestic abuse is absolutely critical: two women are killed by their ex-partner a week, and will continue to do everything we can to help and support victims to break the cycle, and rebuild their lives free from fear.”
Alison Inman, CIH president, said: “I’m thrilled that Housing for Women 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 Housing for Women has committed to supporting people in its communities and it is no exaggeration to say that this could save a life.”
Kelly Henderson, co-founder of DAHA, said: “We are very proud to be part of this pledge and commend Housing for Women for signing up. We know the housing sector plays a crucial role in recognising and responding to domestic abuse and this pledge is a really easy way to not only demonstrate commitment but also take the first practical steps to improving the response for both staff and residents.”
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said: “For thousands of women and children across the country, their home is the most dangerous place they can be.
“By signing up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Make a Stand pledge, Housing for Women has sent out a powerful message to survivors of domestic abuse that they are not alone and that there is help and support available to them.”
Make a Stand was launched by CIH president Alison Inman, with Jim Strang already agreeing to continue to support the same cause when he takes up the reins as president.
Organisations can sign up for the Make a Stand pledge on CIH’s website and will receive information and a support pack to help them implement the commitments in the pledge.
The four commitments are:
For more information visit www.cih.org/makeastand