Trivallis has signed the ‘Make a Stand’ pledge, joining housing organisations across the UK to help tackle domestic violence.
The Make a Stand pledge has been developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and Women’s Aid.
Jim Strang, president of the CIH, said: "My father was an extremely controlling and abusive man – this is an issue I have a really personal connection to and as a result I’m extremely passionate about it.
"Domestic abuse affects so many people and everyone in housing has a responsibility to ask what more we can do.
"Women are dying, mothers, sisters and daughters are being murdered or permanently scarred mentally as well as physically on a daily basis and it has to stop.
"We as a profession are well placed to help identify the signs, to deal with the outcomes and help tackle some of the root causes of domestic violence. We’re in these homes more regularly than most other professions.
"Housing people can do more for a family, for a person, in one day than most professionals can achieve in a whole career. That’s the power and influence that housing workers, regardless of role or grade, can have. We must use that influence to its greatest extent."
By signing the pledge, Trivallis has agreed to four commitments to support people who live and work in social housing who are experiencing domestic abuse.
The four commitments include putting in place a policy to support tenants who are experiencing domestic abuse, making information about national and local domestic abuse support services available on Trivallis’ website and other accessible places; and ensuring a policy and procedure is in place to support members of staff who are experiencing domestic abuse.
The fourth commitment requires organisations like Trivallis to have an internal spokesperson that is responsible for keeping the commitments to support people experiencing domestic abuse.
Bob Granville, Trivallis’ Director of Homes and Neighbourhoods and Make a Stand Spokesperson, said: “In the year ending March 2018, an estimated 2.0 million adults aged 16 to 59 in England and Wales had experienced domestic abuse in the last 12 months.
“Domestic violence is one of the most corrosive of the adverse childhood experiences, we believe that having appropriately skilled staff to provide both intervention and support services to our customers will significantly impact individuals’ lives, in line with our desire to provide “kind” services.
“By signing up to the Make a Stand campaign, we are showing that we will do what we can to tackle domestic violence for our customers and our staff.”
Organisations that have signed the pledge will have until September 2019, until Jim Strang’s presidency comes to an end, to put the commitments in place. We are proud to say we have met all of these commitments..
To see Trivallis’ community safety policy and get information on local organisations that support people experiencing domestic abuse, visit: www.trivallis.co.uk/MakeAStand.