Places for People’s Affordable Housing companies have signed up to a new national campaign to help tackle domestic abuse.

Cotman Housing Association, Derwent Living, Castle Rock Edinvar, Luminus and Places for People Homes have made the commitment to support people that live and work in housing who are experiencing domestic abuse. Living+, our supported living provider, has also signed up to the pledge.

The Make a Stand campaign has been developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing in partnership with Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance and Women’s Aid. It outlines four commitments organisations can undertake to ensure people experiencing domestic abuse know that they’re not alone and that there is support available to help them.

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 our website and in other places which are easily accessible to residents and staff
  • To put in place HR policy and procedure on domestic abuse, or to incorporate this into an existing policy, to support colleagues who are experiencing domestic abuse
  • Appoint a champion to own the activity we are doing to support people experiencing domestic abuse

Making a difference in our communities

Alison Inman, CIH president, said, “I’m thrilled that Places for People’s Affordable Housing companies have 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.

“By signing the Make a Stand pledge Places for People has committed to supporting people in its communities and it is no exaggeration to say that this could save a life.”

David Cowans, Group Chief Executive at Places for People said, “We are pleased to support this important initiative. Everybody has a role to play in tackling domestic abuse, but particularly in the housing sector where we have an opportunity to recognise the signs of domestic abuse and provide support. This pledge demonstrates our commitment to addressing this serious issue and ensuring our colleagues and residents know that help is available.”

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