Housing association makes stand against domestic abuse

Gail Teasdale signs the Make a Stand pledge with Stephen O’Brien, Broadacres’ scheme manger (young persons and women’s refuge).

A housing association is making a stand against domestic abuse in its communities.

Broadacres has signed up to the ‘Make a Stand’ national campaign launched by the Chartered Institute of Housing in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and Women’s Aid.

This involves the Association making four commitments, namely:

  • 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 its websites and other places which are easily accessible to residents and staff.

  • To put in place HR policies and procedures to support members of staff who are experiencing domestic abuse.

  • To appoint a ‘champion’ with Broadacres who will lead on the activity.

Alongside this, Broadacres is also currently working towards a DAHA accreditation, which is the UK benchmark for housing providers should respond to domestic abuse in the UK.

Gail Teasdale, Broadacres’ chief executive, said: “One in four women experience domestic abuse and two are killed every week in the UK.

“The number one barrier to women leaving abusive situations is housing and domestic abuse is one of the highest causes of homelessness among women.

“Broadacres recognised this when it opened its women’s refuge. The refuge provides accommodation and services for single women, and women with children who have been, or who are, affected by domestic abuse, providing a safe place where they can regain control over their lives and eventually re-establish themselves in the community.

“Like all housing providers we know we can do more to tackle the issue and by signing up to the Make a Stand campaign and working towards the DAHA accreditation, we are making tacking domestic abuse one of our key organisational priorities.”