8 August 2018
Nottingham City Homes (NCH) announced today that it has signed the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Make a Stand pledge to support people experiencing domestic abuse.
Two women are killed every week in the UK by their partner or ex-partner – but domestic abuse also affects men and can take many forms, such as controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse regardless of gender or sexuality. Abuse can be psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional – or a combination of any of these. It can include forced marriage, and so-called honour-based abuse.
NCH is already committed to tackling domestic abuse, and encourages residents to report incidents that they either experience or witness. By signing the pledge, NCH has joined a nationwide campaign spearheaded by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), Women's Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA).
CIH President Alison Inman says, “As a sector, we collectively house and employ many thousands of people who experience domestic abuse. These are our homes, our people and this is our problem. When I became CIH President I was determined to do something about this, and Make a Stand is a chance to do that. I’d like to thank Nottingham City Homes for joining us in making a stand.”
Nick Murphy, NCH Chief Executive and the organisation’s champion for tackling domestic abuse, said, “This pledge underlines our commitment to tackling domestic abuse. We will not tolerate domestic abuse in our homes or in our communities, and if it’s reported to us, we will make every effort to ensure the safety of survivors, and to see perpetrators prosecuted.”
Anyone experiencing domestic abuse of any kind can find help at www.nottinghamcityhomes.org.uk/DA (quick exit button exists), or can call the Women’s Aid 24-hour helpline on 0808 8000431.